Lytle high on Black Knights

L.J. Lytle has been waiting patiently for the offer to arrive from the Army coaches. The 6-foot, 172-pound defensive back out of Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, Tenn., tells ArmySports.com that if the Black Knight coaches were to offer, it wouldn't take him very long to make a commitment. He'll soon be taking an unofficial to West Point for Army's November 22nd game against Fordham.

"Army is my number-one option," Lytle said. "Right now, unfortunately, I don't have any offers. I talk with Coach Saturnio [of Army] once every couple of weeks and also message with him on Twitter. If I don't receive the offer, my goal is to still attend West Point. I'm pretty far into the application process. I just need one more teacher recommendation and I'll be finished.

"I've always been interested in Army. I have an uncle in the Army who I've visited on different military bases. I've always been attracted to the lifestyle. With West Point, I know what is expected from the cadets, what it takes to be a successful cadet, and the rigorous, hard work that goes into becoming an officer. It's something I've always wanted to do. Few are chosen for the academy, less than 10-percent, so it would be a great honor to be accepted.

"I've been watch the Black Knights on CBS Sports. I thought they played well against Buffalo and Ball State. Obviously, Stanford was a little better, but they played a hard, heady game and didn't back down. Wake Forest was a tough loss. Still, I love the watching the defense and what the secondary is doing. Coach Bateman calls a lot of Cover 3 defenses and then they'll switch up to man coverage. Josh Jenkins is a player I like to compare myself to. He's a smart, technically-sound player who you know puts in a lot of time in the film room. He's become a favorite player of mine to watch on a weekly basis. I also like their other corner, Chris Carnegie."

In April, Lytle visited the U.S. Naval Academy and says he's keeping them, and Air Force, as a second option after Army. This weekend he toured the campuses of Wofford and Furman. He's also receiving interest from UT-Chattanooga and Murray State.

"Army has told me that they're still evaluating me with the offer, but they've invited me up for the Fordham game to get to know me better," he said. "I told them when they first started recruiting me that if they were to offer I would give them a firm commitment on the spot. I talk to Coach Saturnio the majority of the time but I've also spoken with Coach Bateman and Coach Loose."

In his second season as a starter at Wilson Central, Lytle has nine pass breakups and 21 tackles for a 2-5 Wildcat team.

"In my first three games I had three pass breakups in each one," he said. "Then in the next three I didn't have any targets. This season, I improved my ball skills, my footwork, I'm quicker in my backpedal, and breaking on the ball in short routes."

Lytle said he was timed at 4.59 in the 40-yard dash and a 4.08 shuttle at a combine in Nashville this summer. He's sports a 3.125 GPA at Wilson Central in honors and AP courses.

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