Arizona the right fit for QB

Coming into this recruiting season the Wildcats had three passers that they initially offered. Two committed fairly early in the process. Only Tyler Lyon remained. The Wildcats waited on the Newhall, CA product and it paid off.

Arizona courted other quarterbacks but never offered. Lyon was their man. On Tuesday they got their man.

Lyon has long been linked to the Wildcats, but the same rumors were abundant about Oregon State, Arizona State and others. The 6-6 passer made it official when he let Charlie Williams and Mike Canales know that Tucson was the place for him.

"We're in the playoffs and I just thought it was time," Lyon said. "I kind of knew I wanted to go to Arizona all along. I like the direction of the overall program."

Lyon has only played in seven games this season throwing for 1,500 yards with 10 touchdowns with just three interceptions. The mobile Lyon has also rushed for five scores. He missed three games with a shoulder injury and a concussion.

Lyon's lead recruiter was Williams, but Canales had a huge role in the pursuit. Lyon was very taken with the Wildcat offense and it was a major reason for his pledge.

"Arizona's offense is another thing that swayed me," Lyon explained. "I like their offense because they like to throw the ball down field."

Lyon had a lot of interaction with the Wildcat coaches, Canales in particular when he came to town over the summer for the Wildcats' elite camp. Not only did he get a ton of personal instruction from his future offensive coordinator but he got to experience Tucson and the campus.

"I was in Tucson for two days and one night," Lyon said. "I really like the school and the area. That was one of the things that helped sway me."

Lyon is an extremely tall passer who also has terrific mobility. He's got a strong arm and a great feel for the game. He becomes the sixth straight quarterback from Hart High School to garner a D-I scholarship. David Neill (Nevada), Kyle Matter (Stanford), Kyle Boller (Cal), Matt Moore (UCLA/Oregon State) and Sean Norton (Fresno State) were the five previous passers to earn big time rides.

Lyon comes from an athletic family. His father is the head coach at the College of the Canyons and is also a baseball umpire for the Pac-10. You can be assured that Lyon's father knew what he was looking at with the various schools making their pitches.

"I actually told my dad this morning (Tuesday) that I was going to commit and he was very happy," Lyon said. "I think he wanted me to go there all along but he left the decision up to me."

Lyon's commitment does hurt his father's umpiring career. You see, Lyon will not just play football for the Cats, but will also pitch for Andy Lopez. That means his father will not be allowed to officiate Arizona baseball games.

"I am a basic pitcher," Lyon informed. "I throw a fastball, a change-up and a curve ball."

Lyon claims that he hits between 87-90 mph consistently on the gun when throwing the heat.

Lyon had offers from the likes of Arizona State, Cal, Notre Dame, LSU, Oregon State and Stanford, but was down to the Wildcats, Sun Devils and Beavers at the end.

"I felt Arizona was right all along."


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