2011 Prospect with Connections to Gainesville

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is a hot bed for high school football players and the 2011 class will be no different. Wayne Lyons, 6-0 and 180-pound safety/linebacker prospect from Dillard High School, has great lateral movement and an explosive first step.

Wayne Lyons finished his sophomore season with 95 tackles and 15 of them for a loss. He may have been the busiest recruit in the nation this past summer.

"My summer was very busy and went really well. I didn't attend many 7-on-7 tournaments. I did participate in many camps. I went to three college camps including Florida, Miami and Notre Dame. I performed well in one-on-one drills and position skill drills at all three camps. The coaches at all three appeared to be really impressed with my play. I ran my best 40-time (4.48) of the summer at Florida's camp. I also participated in several other camps."

A student government camp over the summer prevented him from attending Florida's Friday Night Lights.

"Coach Meyer and Coach Gonzalez were aware of the leadership camp obligation and were not expecting me to attend FNL. The leadership camp was great, providing me with additional leadership skills that I will bring to the football field as well as lead in the classroom.

Lyons also ranks No. 1 in his class.

"I took three unofficial visits to UF, Miami, and Notre Dame, met all the coaches and academic advisors. I took campus tours including the football facilities. I had a chance to meet players from all three schools as well. I am planning on making an unofficial visit to Stanford in September. Once the official offers come in, I will decide at that point which other schools I will visit.

"At the end of the spring I had verbal offers from Stanford, Notre Dame, Stanford, Auburn, Tennessee, West Virginia, Western Michigan, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Purdue, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt. I picked up offers from Florida and Miami after participating in their camps. I am looking forward to September 1 to receive the written offers.

"I didn't have room in the schedule for vacations this summer. I guess you can say that my South Florida Leadership Training Camp was my vacation.

"The only 7-on-7 tournament I was able to participate in was the Diamonds in the Rough tournaments at a local high school, which I arrived late because it was on the last day of the leadership camp."

Lyons has worked very hard this offseason improving his weight and strength numbers across the board.

"I started the summer weighing 175 pounds and 5-11. At this time I am 6-0 180 pounds. My max at the start of the summer was 245 pounds. Right now I am maxing 285 pounds. My 40 times logged the biggest improvement. At the start of the summer, I ran a 4.55 40 at NUC. By the end of the summer, I ran a 4.48 while attending Florida's camp."

Although Lyons will be making the switch from linebacker to strong safety he has set some lofty goals for the upcoming season.

"Being that I am playing a new position (going from LB to SS) , my goals are to go the first five games without being scored on; a minimum of seven interceptions; help my team make it past the second round of the playoffs; be the leading tackler on the defense for a second straight year. Last year I had 95 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss. This year I am aiming for 100-plus."

Dillard ended last season with a 9-3 mark and this year's team should pick up right where last year's team left off.

"This year we have a new head coach, so we have a learning curve of adapting to the new coach's system (which hasn't been difficult for me at all). I am anticipating us matching if not surpassing last year's record of 9-3. I lead the team by helping the team stay focused and working hard, leading by example. I am also going to lead by assisting my teammates with their grades and preparing for the ACT/SAT. By me having a positive attitude, I encourage my teammates to build team unity and gel as a unit."

Two teams are showing the most interest at this time and Lyons has a special connection to one of them.

"I am communicating with Stanford and Florida coaches the most at this time. I grew up a Florida fan because my mom went to Florida. I have attended both Florida football and basketball games before, although none in The Swamp.

"I will attend my first game in The Swamp on September 19 when they play Tennessee. My connections run a little deeper at UF these days as I have a sister, Danielle that started at UF this past June. During her preview I had an unofficial visit at UF and met all of the coaches, a few players and met with the academic advisor. I got a chance to tour the campus as well, including the football facilities."

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