Lyons with a Plan

Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Dillard high school superstar Wayne Lyons offer list is a who's who of college football. The 6'0 and 185-pound 4.48 safety has currently holds offers from powerhouse programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, FSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and others.

Wayne Lyons has great upside both on and off the field and talked about both.

"My greatest strengths are my leadership skills and confidence that guides me both on and off the field," he said. "I have good coverage skills and speed, which allows me to run sideline to sideline, giving me the responsibility of being the last line of defense. I have a nose for the ball. Before the play comes I can read the line. I know a lot of reads that can put me ahead. I'm smart in the game. I am also a great tackler. I am known for 'crossing the T' when making tackles, not allowing the player to go forward upon impact. As I have transitioned from LB to DB, I constantly work on my coverage skills and techniques. Although I am known as a 'big hitter' I want to enhance my resume to include being a 'shut down cover guy' as well. I will continue to work on my speed. You can never have a fast enough 40 time.

Lyons filled the stat sheet each and every week and expects to do the same next season.

"One of my goals was to be the leader of my team, which I was and to lead the team in tackles for a consecutive two years. I ended the year with 87 tackles, 21 for a loss, two interceptions, one for a TD, nine forced fumbles, one fumble recovery for a TD, eight deflections, one blocked field goal and made two safeties. I fell short of the interceptions goal (7), but I did make many game changing plays. I did play well enough to be named one of the Top 50 Old Spice Red Zone Players of the Year."

Lyons was a standout in San Antonio earlier this month.

"I have attended the Army National Combine in San Antonio, Texas where I won Defensive MVP, named an All-American and invited to play in the Army All-American Game next year. I performed extremely well in 1-on-1s at safety and cornerback."

Lyons is a wanted man and has great relations with more than one college coach.

"I have a pretty strong relationship with several coaches that are no longer at the schools that are recruiting me. Coach Taggart, Coach Gonzalez, Coach Parmalee, Coach Holliday and Coach Gran to name a few. Right now I would say that Coach Harbaugh and I have the closest relationship. Coach Tressel from Ohio State is coming to visit me next week, so I am looking forward to establishing a relationship with him. Coach Tumpkin from Pitt, Coach Partridge from Wisconsin, Coach Azzanni 'Z' from Florida, Coach Stoops from FSU and Coach Kitchings from Vandy all have visited me at school and we are starting to establish communication."

Lyons is looking at everyone looking at him but hopes to narrow the list.

"Right now, I have not narrowed down my list because offers are coming in weekly. Hopefully, by the summer, I will have a better idea of which schools I am favoring. I am planning on visiting many schools during spring break and the summer to get a fair assessment on the school, environment, academic programs and athletic facilities."

Lyons may or may not attend junior day in Gainesville but has a pretty good reason in case he is not able to attend.

"It depends on what date it will be offered. I have to take a six-day trip to Washington, D.C. for a Congressional Young Leaders Conference in March."

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