A Lyon in the Cougar Den?

BYU has offered a junior quarterback from William S. Hart High School in Newhall, California. BYU joined with colleges in the Pac-10 and SEC conferences as well as with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in offering the young signal caller.

California quarterback Tyler Lyon is getting quality looks from college coaches across the country. He even has a few scholarship offers. Lyon recently attended a Scout.com combine where he registered his most recent physical stats.

"I went to the Scout.com combine last Saturday," said Lyon. "I'm 6'5" and a half, 210 pounds, 4.85 forty with a 4.44 shuttle. My vertical was 30 inches."

Many college coaches where in attendance to see prospects perform in person and to get a feel for future prospects they could or might like to recruit.

"We did one-on-ones and did a bunch of drills and tested for about forty minutes, but there were college coaches around checking out what you're doing," Lyon said. "Pete Carroll was there from USC was there and the Illinois coaches. Washington coaches were there and Arizona."

Lyon hopes that college coaches review his regular season performances in addition to his combine stats.

"I did well," said Lyon of his junior campaign. "I had 27 touchdowns and 3,100 yards."

Lyon also threw 20 interceptions during his junior year and was named Second Team All-League and carries a 3.3 core GPA and scored an 1110 on his Pre-SAT.

To date, Lyon has received quite a few letters from many Pac-10 colleges and has 4 scholarship offers from some big time programs.

"Yeah I've got some offers," Lyon said. "I get letters from Stanford. Cal was just down and Ole Miss was down today. Washington was down here yesterday and Toledo was down here and Colorado was on campus. I've been offered by LSU, Notre Dame, Arizona and BYU."

Lyon feels it is still early in the recruiting process pick a favorite from the schools that have offered him, but he did express there are certain aspects about each school that he likes.

"No, you know I can't really say I have one," he said. "I haven't really been to any of the campuses yet. You know I haven't sat down and talked with all the coaches yet, so I can't really say I have an early favorite right now. It's still early.

"It's the different styles. You know [Notre Dame head coach] Charley Weis, you can tell he's an east coast style and I like that, but when you go to LSU, Arizona and BYU who obviously like to chuck the ball around and I like that. I liked what [BYU] had to say to me about that. At Arizona it's about the playing aspect, they're bringing in guys to try and get a first place Pac-10 team together, and then at LSU they've already been winning. So I don't know if I can tell you I like somebody better than anybody else because obviously I haven't really met all [the coaches] in person and talked to them about all the stuff that's been going on there.

Lyon went into more detail about what each program had to offer him.

"Arizona is close too and I've met the coaches," he said. "I've talked them on the phone and I like what they're all about. I like what they're telling me with their whole situation and stuff. I just want to be in a situation where I have a chance to compete for a job early in my career, and so far all the coaches I've talked to have said that so that's another thing I like about all of them.

"With Notre Dame, obviously the tradition and Charley Wiese is there, so there's a great quarterbacks coach there.

What about the Cougars in blue?

"At BYU, that's a great place to develop as a person, obviously, because of the rules they have there and the kind of character you have to have to go there," Lyon said. "When BYU called me they told me they had an honor code and they explained everything. When Notre Dame called me I didn't hear anything about an honor code or anything. It's not a problem for me and I don't have any character problems. I can deal with it and I don't have to change my personality to go to a school like BYU."

Lyon, who is not LDS, said he would have no problem fitting into BYU's unique social setting that also focuses on character building aspects of students.

"I'm Christian," said Lyon. "[At BYU] you're surrounded by a lot of good people who go to that school with good character. You're surrounded by successful people. It's a good environment.

"With LSU, they're a great program and just won the National Championship a couple of years ago."

So what kinds of things have the LSU, Notre Dame, Arizona and BYU coaches been talking to Lyon about during these early recruiting stages?

"They just tell you the situation they have at quarterback: who's graduating, who's coming in, how many offers they've given out, if I know them and they just go over what the situation is," said Lyon. "They go over what kind of an offense they run and they tell me things like what kind of traditions they have with their quarterbacks and stuff like that."

A two sport player, Lyon also wants the chance to play baseball as well as football. BYU allowed Timpview wide receiver star Luke Ashworth the chance to also play two sports at BYU even though he was only on a football scholarship.

"I'm looking for good academics, good athletics," said Lyon. "I want to play two sports when I go to college. That's one of the things I always bring up. I like to play baseball too. Everyone that I talk to, I bring that up with, and they all say they're fine with that."

Throughout the interview, there were three major factors that kept coming up with Lyon in terms of what he is looking for. First academics and Lyon is looking to major in business. Second he is looking for possible early playing time, and, third, he wants the chance to play baseball in college.

This summer he plans on attending a few summer camps. He has one camp lined up and is looking into the details of the camps at other schools.

"I plan on taking a trip to Arizona's camp and then maybe Notre Dame's camp if I can get out there, but I'm sure I'm going to Arizona's in June," said Lyon. "I've been to Stanford and I'm planning on going to Arizona for sure. LSU is just a little too far and BYU hasn't really invited me to any camps so I don't really know what's going over there. I have no idea when BYU's camp is. Arizona just told me about it and so I'm just going to go down there and get with the coaches and stuff."


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