The Lyons Den

Itawamba (Miss.) CC linebacker Jerome Lyons will choose from a trio of schools that includes the University of Arkansas in the very near future.

Although he missed all but six plays of the 2004 season, Itawamba (Miss.) Community College linebacker got enough done his freshman season to have prove his worth to major college recruiters.

Lyons (6-2, 235) had 75 tackles, 55 of which were solo, six sacks, picked off four passes and caused four fumbles in the eight games that he played back in the 2003 season.

"He is a great player, a big-hitter, an all-everything guy that is going to be a big star on the next level," Itawamba assistant coach Buddy Wilson said. "All these colleges saw enough of that last season to know that's going to be the case."

The former Houston ( Miss.) High standout, who is a mid-term graduate and who will visit the University of Arkansas on Dec. 3-5, knows he can make some things happen on the field.

"I think the best thing I do is blitz and get to the quarterback, but I also can go side to side and make a lot of plays," Lyons said. "I'm pretty fast and usually find the ball pretty well."

Lyons, who has already visited UAB and will visit Ole Miss on Dec. 10-12, would be a sophomore next season with three years to play after having this season ended in the first game.

"They had thought initially that he had tore up his knee, but when they got in there to scope it, it was not that bad at all," Itawamba assistant coach Buddy Wilson said. "In fact all they did was kind of clean it up and he could have played. But we didn't want to waste a year of his eligibility because we were several games in when they happened so we just held him out and looked at the bigger picture."

Lyons is fully healthy and ready to go through spring practice at the school he decides to sign with in December.

"I'm excited about visiting Arkansas," Lyons said. "(Razorback assistant) Coach (Mike) Markuson has told me how they need somebody to come in and play right away and how they think I can be that guy if I can come in and work hard."

Lyons is headed home for Thanksgiving and looking forward to getting on with his future.

"I'm anxious to visit these schools and make a decision pretty quick," Lyons said. "It's going to be a lot of fun getting on with my career."

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