Jesuit's Tyler Feely picks Columbia



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Tue. January 19, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

Tyler Feely, a standout kicker for Jesuit, has committed to Columbia.

According to Tom Feely, Tyler’s father, the Tigers senior picked the Ivy League school over offers from a number of programs, including Georgetown, Hampton and Southeast Missouri State.

Tyler Feely visited Columbia this past weekend.

“He’s extremely excited,” Tom Feely said. “He was about to take four other visits. This was his first trip. He was so sold on the school and everything else that he cancelled the other trips.”

The younger Feely carries a 4.24 GPA and hopes to study political science in college.

Tyler’s older brother, Jay, currently kicks for the New York Jets, who are one win away from playing in the Super Bowl. Jay played at Jesuit in the early 1990s, and later kicked at Michigan.

A two-year starter at Jesuit, Tyler is both an excellent punter and terrific placekicker.

“His greatest strength is his punting,” said Tom Feely, a noted kicking coach who runs the Feely Kicking School. “He’s got terrific form.”

Tyler is the second area player to pledge to an Ivy League school this week. Tarpon Springs OT Clay Paino committed to Brown on Monday.

Columbia went 4-6 last fall and tied for fourth in the conference.

--KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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