Function of Beauty

Sayre's Belles chooses ESU.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | February 25, 2017 | Photo courtesy The Review


Sayre's Belles chooses ESUSayre's Tylor Belles had a dream season on the gridiron in the fall and his senior year just continued to get better Friday when he signed on to attend and play football at East Stroudsburg University in the fall.

"It felt kind of like a fairy tale," said Belles of signing his letter of intent. "This is the moment I've been waiting for and working for. I'm very pleased where I am right now in my life. I appreciate all of the people who have supported me so far in getting me to this point."

As is often the case, a campus visit sealed the deal.

"I visited there twice within two weeks and it felt so comfortable. And not just from the football standpoint, the people in general were so nice," he said. "I got talking to the coaches and they said they'd love to have me out there. I'll go a little outside my box."

Indeed. They want Sayre's rushing record holder to play linebacker.

Belles said that other Sayre students have gone to East and come back with glowing reports.

"It just felt like it was a good fit for me," said Belles, who is considering majoring in either criminology and theater. "Those are both things I like."

Belles said playing at the next level has always been a goal.

"I've always wanted to prove myself to people and to go from Sayre to get to a higher point than I started from," he said "I wouldn't have gotten there without my coaches and my family."

Other options for Belles were Kutztown, Alfred, Hartwick and a couple of other Division III schools. But football wasn't the deciding factor.

"Football was a huge part of the decision, but I always put my academics over top of the football, so I needed to pick a school based on what it could provide me for my future," he said.