WC football seniors Sean Lewis (linebacker) and Ty’Lyn Byas (running back) signed their letters of intent last week to play college football for the Campbellsville Tigers next season.
The duo was part of a 37-player recruiting class (high school seniors) that signed with the team last Wednesday.
According to a press release, Tiger Head Coach Perry Thomas called the class “awesome” and noted his staff’s success in signing several Kentucky prospects.
“We took care of some of our needs, and at the same time, we spread out and hit the state real well,” Thomas said.
For Lewis and Byas, their announcement came with both a sense of joy and relief.
“It feels good finally knowing where I’ll be at next year,” Lewis said. “I can just settle in and enjoy where my hard work has led me. I’m at where I want to be at.”
“It was tough making a decision,” Byas added, “but I just had to do what was best for me, and Campbellsville happened to be it. It’s close to home, I like the school, I like the sports teams. There is just something about it. Whenever I went there, I was just like, ‘Yeah, this is where I want to go.’”
Commander Head Coach Eric Sagrecy knows that the two players are ready for the next level.
And to Sagrecy, their off-the-field success is just as noteworthy as what they accomplished on the gridiron.
“It’s really exciting because it not only rewards them for all the hard work they put in the weight room and on the field, but it’s also rewarding for what they did in the classroom,” Sagrecy said. “Campbellsville is just an excellent school academically.”
But he’s also aware that the Tigers’ gain is the Commanders’ loss.
Sagrecy believes that the biggest blow to WC will be losing the pair’s leadership.
“They’re two kids that you can’t really replace,” Sagrecy said. “You just hope they led in such a way that some young guy under them looked at what they did and will kind of emulate what they did to help the program grow.”
Byas, who is looking into sports medicine for his major, and Lewis, who has his eyes on radiology in college, both acknowledged that they were ready for the new challenges that they are sure to face at the next level.
But they are also both honored to have the chance to take on these obstacles.
“This opportunity is just a blessing,” Byas said. “I’m just glad I’m getting a chance to play at the next level.”
“Not everyone gets this chance,” Lewis added, “so I’m looking forward to making the most of my chance.”
Campbellsville is coming off a 4-6 season, but Thomas believes this class will “help the Fighting Tigers put the last two seasons behind them,” according to the school’s official press release.
The Tigers recorded three straight winnings seasons from 2009 to 2011.
“I really feel good about where we’re going,” Thomas said.
The 2014 signees will be introduced to Tiger fans at CU’s Maroon and White Game on Thursday, April 11.
They will then open the 2014 season at home against rival Lindsey Wilson College on Saturday, Aug. 30.