Eye-Opening Experience

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with DeSoto (Texas) High linebacker Alexander Lyons (6-1, 214, 4.5), who watched both Arkansas practices on Friday. This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner.

One of the more interested observers at Arkansas' two practices on Friday was a linebacker that could be participating in them next season.

DeSoto (Texas) High linebacker Alexander Lyons (6-1, 214) watched both Friday workouts and came away impressed with the Razorbacks' intensity and facilities.

"I love the stadium, the coaches and watching them practice was just amazing," Lyons said. "I love everything about this place. I really had no idea about what all Arkansas had besides just being a great team in the SEC. But this has been eye-opening. I got a lot of information today."

Lyons, who had 154 tackles in addition to three sacks, three forced fumbles last season and an interception he took back for a score, was especially impressed with one thing in particular about the Arkansas practices.

"The coaches and practices are so, so intense," Lyons said. "That is just what I need to become the best player I can be."

Lyons – who had 108 solo tackles last season and is a three-star prospect according to Scout.com - has offers from Arkansas, Rice, Michigan State, Iowa, Baylor, Kansas State, Wyoming and Stanford among others.

He has a 4.6 grade point average on a 5.0 scale and has already scored 1,730 on his ACT and 26 on his ACT.

"I am only looking right now at Arkansas and Rice," Lyons said. "This has been a great visit. I am going to sit down with my family and coaches and I'll announce a decision in the next few weeks."

Lyons, who has a 35-inch vertical jump, admits the chance to play in the SEC is alluring.

"The SEC is amazing," Lyons said. "It's the best competition in college football and they have won like the last five or six national championships. If you win the SEC championship, you are probably playing for the national championship. You've got to love that."

Lyons believes he has several attributes that will help him be a great linebacker on the collegiate level.

"I bring intensity and I love to hit, which is what you need as an LB," Lyons said. "I bring energy and leadership and I am going to play fast. I am going to get to the ball and wreak havoc once I get there. I am working on my coverage skills now so I can increase the number of turnovers I cause."

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