Lyle takes visit, open in recruitment

Schools continue to pick up the interest in JaQuan Lyle who is one of the top talents in the 2014 class.

Five-star class of 2014 point guard Jaquan Lyle is one of the elite passers in the country. The 6-foot-4 Evansville (Ind.) Bosse product is one of the top playmakers around and has started off his junior season very well.

Sitting at 7-2 so far, things are going well for Bosse, and maybe the biggest reason for their strong start is the play of Lyle.

"I feel like I started off the season pretty hot," said Lyle. "I think I have like six or seven triple-doubles this year so I am doing what my teammates need me to do. I am rebounding, finding teammates, and just doing everything I can, so I think it has been a good season."

Recruiting wise Lyle had made some statements of narrowing his list to 10, but that is currently no sure thing. Others schools are getting involved, and now his recruitment is very busy.

Schools like Cincinnati, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgetown, Ohio State, Xavier, Illinois, Tennessee, Louisville, and numerous others continue to be involved in his recruitment.

"I am still pretty much wide open," Lyle explained. "When I narrowed my list down it wasn't that I was only interested in those schools. Those schools were just interested in me and I didn't want schools to keep calling that were wasting their time."

Recently Lyle made another unofficial visit to Louisville where he watched the Cardinals beat arch rival Kentucky.

"It was crazy because they were playing UK," Lyle said of the visit. "The place was real loud and after the game I got to hang out in the locker room. It just went real well."

He continued, "Louisville is a great place. Coach (Rick) Pitino is a great coach, the staff is great, and it is a great program."

Also Lyle has had a chance to see Indiana several times, and he likes what the Hoosiers are doing with their season.

"Coach (Tom) Crean is a great coach and they are having a great season," he explained. "IU is playing well and they have a real good program."

Recently at the Bosse Invitational, Ohio State, Georgetown, Tennessee, and Xavier all dispatched assistants to watch Lyle play, and the four schools have been active in recruiting him.

"I like Ohio State a lot," said Lyle. "Coach (Dave) Dickerson and Coach (Thad) Matta are great coaches and they allow their guards to play in their offense."

Georgetown is also making sure to be a presence at Lyle's games this season.

"Georgetown has been down three or four times so far," said Lyle. "I think they are really interested in me and I like them as well. Coach (John) Thompson came down in December. Georgetown, they like to get up and down the court and they play, so I like Georgetown a lot."

One of the first schools to offer Lyle was Xavier, and after seemingly backing off some, now the Musketeers are back seriously involved in his recruitment.

"I hadn't talked to Xavier in a while, but Coach (Travis) Steele has been texting and calling me a lot the past few weeks," said Lyle. "They have a lot of guard freedom so now that the recruitment is picking back up they will be back on my list."

Also Tennessee and assistant Tracy Webster have been making Lyle a priority.

"Tennessee has a lot of guard freedom and pick and roll on offense," he said. "Also they have been real active recruiting me so I like them as well."

For now though Lyle is in no hurry on his recruitment, and is simply focused on his high school season and accomplishing one big goal.

"I am expecting us to play hard every night," said Lyle. "I think if we keep practicing hard we could win state this year. We have to have everyone step up, and I think we have a good chance of winning state."

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