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Goddard’s Tyler Hoover signs with NMMI

Tyler Hoover signed his letter of intent to play football on Wednesday. L-R: Abby Yocum, cousin, Logan Hoover, brother, Wyatt Yocum, cousin, Ricky Hoover grandfather, Vicky Hoover, grandmother, Billy Hoover, father, Makenzie Hoover, sister, Emma Marquez, (baby) niece and Courtney Hoover, sister. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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In an emotional signing day for Goddard senior Tyler Hoover, he recounted how his coach, Chris White, his family, and especially his grandparents helped him make it through a tough time in his young life. Hoover fought back tears as he spoke of the goodness of his grandparents. He was very happy they (grandparents) had a chance to see him move on to the next challenge of his life.

Tyler Hoover intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown against Santa Fe in a Goddard win. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

Hoover is going to get a chance to live out his dream and continue his education and athletic career as he signed his National Letter of Intent to play football with New Mexico Military Institute on Wednesday. Surrounded by coach Chris White and his family, Hoover smiled broadly as he talked about wanting to become an officer in the Armed Forces.

“NMMI had the best program I could think of,” Hoover said. “Their scholarship offer was a lot better, and their football program is really good. The main reason I picked NMMI is I want to go into the military, and it will help me buckle down in school. I want to be an electrical engineer in the military.”

Hoover talked about his dedication to the Goddard football program and his duel with former teammate and future NMMI teammate, Diego Miranda, who also signed a letter of intent on Wednesday. Hoover remembers both players tried to beat each other to 4 a.m. workouts during the summer.

“One of my greatest memories I have,” Hoover said, “is that I ran 75-yards on a screen pass against Lovington. It was nice because my whole family was there to support me.”

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Hoover thinks he will play outside linebacker at NMMI. He loves the hitting aspect of the position. Along with some of the traits, he feels his position coach White taught him was not to let a runner get outside of him and to turn the play back in where there is plenty of help. Hoover credits coach White for helping him get his feet quicker and feels like he has a lot more to learn.

“He’s kind of a typical Goddard kid, coach White said. “He’s an underdog kind of a guy; he wasn’t bigger or faster than anyone else but was determined and kept working. All of this is because of his own doing. He was a kid who was determined to come early and stay late. He’s proven if you can do that, it shows what you can get.”

One of the determining factors in choosing NMMI was that his family and friends can come and watch him play. Hoover feels like if he went out of state, it would have been harder for his family to support him in person.

“I’m proud for him,” White said. “And I am proud of him. I think he has represented us well, and I think he will continue to do so.”

It wasn’t so long ago that Hoover was a freshman, and it was at that time he learned the Goddard way, that nothing is given to you. As a player, you’re going to work hard and earn everything. Hoover feels like he is going to have to get stronger and faster to play at the next level.

“Hoover’s just a tough kid,” Bronco coach Joe Forchtner said. “He can do a lot of different things, and he gets after it. Some say he’s undersized, he’s got that chip on his shoulder where he has a lot to prove, and he’s never going to be outworked. We love having tough kids like that on our football team. We’re looking at him for our possible H-back.

Hoover seems to never take no for answer and is willing to put himself and his talent on the line every day. No one doubts that he can make it at the next level if he continues to stay humble and dedicated.

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