SHAWNEE — Tristan Wyatt knows what it will take to have a successful season on the football field. And the senior right tackle has all his goals lined out for his final year in high school.
Pretty impressive for a kid who has only played competitive football for three years.
Wyatt (6-5, 290) credits his dad for getting him on the field and said he was pretty nervous about playing for the first time.
“It was actually kind of funny because I didn’t really want to play football,” Wyatt said. “I told my dad I just wanted to play basketball. I was a little nervous and my dad said, ‘Just give it one year.’ And it’s amazing how it’s developed to this.”
Wyatt hopes it will develop into more, specifically going to the NFL. Wyatt’s list of goals includes limiting sacks and keeping his quarterback healthy but also includes becoming a professional football player. He’ll use his future offensive line coach as much as he can to aid in the process.
Wyatt will head to the University of Tulsa next fall to play for the Golden Hurricane. Denver Johnson is in his third year with Tulsa and made a huge impact on Wyatt on the recruiting trail.
“It felt like the right fit,” Wyatt said. “I think the main thing that really turned me was Coach Johnson, their O-line coach and the guy that recruited me basically. It just felt like he wanted me more than a lot of other schools. It felt more personal when I was being recruited by him rather than other coaches. He’s a really good coach and he’s the kind of guy that can get me where I want to go in life, and get me to the league.”
But first comes Wyatt’s senior season. Shawnee will try to improve on one of its best seasons in recent memory. The Wolves went 9-3 and were eliminated in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs. Wyatt said sticking together will be key for Shawnee to have a good season.
“Just keep focused,” Wyatt said. “Don’t be worrying about saying we’re going to beat this team by this much, you know don’t do that. Just stay on the practice field and work as hard as we can as a group and stay together as a team.”