Lyttle signs with Lindsey Wilson College

Sunday, February 5, 2017
Tae Tae Lyttle (bottom row middle) is surrounded by his family at national signing day at Marshall County High School on Wednesday.
Tribune photo by Mike Inglsbee

Lindsey Wilson College will add a second Tiger on the 2017 roster as defensive lineman Tae Tae Lyttle signed with the Blue Raiders on national signing day Wednesday morning at Marshall County High School.

"On my official visit it just really felt like home," Lyttle said. "I was really impressed by the coaching staff. I feel like adapting to the system will be manageable."

"I took my official visit last weekend," Lyttle added. "I was really impressed by the community support of Lindsey Wilson College."

Lyttle, who also had an offer from Cumberland, will join former Tiger standout Kacy Pleas as the Blue Raiders look like to build onto its relatively new football program.

The Blue Raiders resurrected its football team in 2010 after discontinuing the program 75 years earlier.

The Blue Raiders wasted little time putting out a productive product, finishing the 2011 season with a 7-3 record after going 5-6 in the first year back in competition.

Located in Columbia, Kentucky, a town of just over 5,000 residents, Lindsey Wilson College competes in the Mid-South Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

The Mid-South Conference features teams from Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio.

The Blue Raiders finished its best season to date in 2016 finishing the year 11-2 and making it to the NAIA national quarterfinals before losing 42-27 to Baker College.

"Tae's best asset is he has played a ton of snaps," MCHS Thomas Osteen said. "He's pretty much started all four years at defensive tackle. Not the ideal height that you would look at as a high end D-I player but he's got strength, he's got a wide body, and that's what you want as a nose tackle, which is what he'll be playing in college."

Lyttle led a ferocious front line for the Tiger defense, finishing the season with 51 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, two sacks, two quarterback hurries, two caused fumbles and two recoveries.

The Tiger defense pitched four shutouts, including three in a row to end the regular season and the first two playoff rounds, and allowed over 21 points in just one game.

"Everybody in college is looking for a run stopper up the middle at his level of NAIA football," Osteen added. "Lindsey Wilson's been a really good program. I feel like in a year or so, he can get right in the mix being a starting player for them."

Lyttle, a man of few words, is looking forward to heading off the college, but will keep his playing days close to his heart.

"I'm expecting to just adapt to being away from home and adjusting to the responsibilities," Lyttle said. "But I'll remember just playing with my brothers and forming lifetime memories."