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December 27, 2013

Profile: Palm Harbor QB Tyler Kaminski

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It's easy to hear about the big name prospects who get new offers like it's nothing, but there's still the under the radar players that you don't get a chance to know.

Palm Harbor University quarterback Tyler Kaminski threw for 2,469 yards and 21 touchdowns and added 1,141 yards and 23 rushing touchdowns as a two year starter for the Hurricanes.

Kaminski got the opportunity to showcase his skills in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star game in Sebring, Florida. He finished the game with 170 yards passing and two touchdowns. He also ran for 50 yards.

"I was pretty happy with my performance against the talent that was there," Kaminski said. "I felt like I was probably one of the only kids out there without a D1 offer committed somewhere big. So I played with a chip on my shoulder. I wanted to prove that I could do something."

Kaminski holds an offer from Fairmont State, a Division II school, but hopes that a division-one college can scoop him up.

"Florida Atlantic and Florida International used to be interested. I got a hand written letter from FIU a while ago, but not really any D1 schools yet. I have the Fairmont offer."

Kaminski grew up and played with a lot of the top prospects in the Pinellas/Hillsborough area, and has a chip on his shoulder watching his buddies' recruitment blow up.

"Yeah I'm definitely an under the radar guy. It's just tough with my height I guess, I'm only 6-foot, 205-pounds. It's hard to see all of my buddies get all of these D1 offers and all committing to big time schools to play football. It motivates me to work harder, because I just want to play division-one ball at the next level and get a degree."

"As long as my college is paid for and I can help my team out in any way, I'm all for it."

Kaminski was said to be the heart and soul of the Palm Harbor football program the past two seasons.

"I felt like I had a very successful career for what I was coming into. Not a lot of people gave us a chance when we had some guys transfer. I think my team and I had a great career. We were the most winning class, we never had a losing season all four years there."

"I just thought I had a lot of pressure coming in my junior year filling in for Billy Pavlock and what he did and the legacy he left. My senior year I just wanted to finish strong and wanted people to remember me as the quarterback who did everything."

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