LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech head basketball coach Chris Beard has announced the signing of Jaylon Tyson to his national letter of intent for the 2021-22 academic year.
A 6-foot-7 guard/forward from Allen, Texas, Tyson is a senior at John Paul II High School where he helped lead his team to its first-ever Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) state championship last season. A four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports, he earned TAPPS All-State first-team honors as a junior after averaging 24.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
ESPN currently lists Tyson as the seventh-best recruit in the state of Texas and 18th by the small forward position. 247Sports puts Tyson at No. 4 in Texas, while Rivals has him as the No. 34-ranked player nationally.
On his decision to sign with Tech, Tyson said: "They showed love from the jump and didn't hop on the wave after and showed mad love ever since. Also always gives me ways to get better. Tech has the best head coach, assistants, trainers and strength coach in the country. I'm looking forward to winning a national championship."
Tyson also competed with Next Page Force on the spring and summer basketball circuit. He chose Texas Tech over offers from Creighton, Arkansas, Memphis, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Houston.
"Chris Beard and has staff have proven, once again, to be ahead of the curve when it comes to Jaylon Tyson. They identified him early in the recruiting process and have landed a big wing who can shoot from distance or attack the rim. Tyson has been improving at a rapid pace over the last year and is a player who should thrive once he arrives in Lubbock."
- Eric Bossi, National Basketball Director of 247 Sports
"Jaylon is an explosive and versatile athlete who will be able to contribute in a number of ways at both ends of the floor. The Texas Tech staff did a great job of identifying his talent early in his junior year and building the relationship to earn his commitment. His play making ability and shot making talent out to the 3 point line make him a difficult player to defend. He also has the length and quickness to guard multiple positions and be a stopper on defense. The Red Raiders landed on of the state's top overall talents in Tyson and will get the most out of him."
- Mike Kunstadt, President of TexasHoops.com and Great American Sports