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Tyler Whitehouse said he wasn’t sure what he was going to do about college, but he knew he wanted to play soccer.
“I was kind of up in the air about it until [SCHS Coach] B.J. [Andriot] told me he knew the coach at Georgetown [College],” Whitehouse said. “He made a couple of calls, and once I went up there, I loved it. I knew that’s where I wanted to go.”
Whitehouse made a couple of trips to the Georgetown campus, and once an offer was made, he was ready to sign.
“I’m very excited to have Tyler in my first class,” first-year Coach Derek Willis said. “B.J. helped me make that first contact, and I hope that we can keep that line of communication open. We expect Tyler to play a big role for us next year.”
Last season was Andriot’s first on the sideline for with the Rockets, but he said he quickly realized Whitehouse’s ability.
“When I first got here, I could tell right away that Tyler was an amazing athlete and phenomenal kid,” he said. “He’s a hard worker, and he was instrumental in every game we played this year.
“He got hurt late in the season, and it was much more stressful coaching without him on the field. He did a great job for us this year. Derek is lucky to be getting a phenomenal kid like Tyler.”
Whitehouse’s father, Kerry Whitehouse, said he was “forbidden” to talk too much about his son.
“Tyler forbade his mother and I from giving any kudos or accolades,” he said. “He said we were forbidden to talk about any of his student achievements, but I think that’s just a tribute to how he just wants to play and go through life. He’s been a tremendous student, son and player, and he doesn’t want to sit around and talk about it.”
But Whitehouse said he is just ready to get started and hopefully be able to contribute as a freshman.
“I just have to work hard and see what happens [next year],” he said. “Hopefully I can help the team. We’ll see.”