Lyons Chooses Stanford For More Than Football

2011 4-star safety Wayne Lyons talks with FOX Sports' Laura McKeeman before he announces his commitment at the US Army All American Game. He tells us why he chose Stanford in his own words for an in-depth interview.



2011 4-star safety Wayne Lyons will head west to play football thousands of miles from home at Stanford University. Lyons boasted around 50 offers when it was all said and done but says he ultimately made the right decision for his academics and athletics.

"The academics and athletics at Stanford are top notch. The coaching staff is amazing and I have such a great relationship with coach (Derek) Mason. It was a no brainer for me to choose Stanford and I can't wait to get out there."

With Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh departing for the NFL, many thought Lyons would choose the other two schools in his top three- either Michigan or UCLA. Lyons says, while he had a great relationship with coach Harbaugh, he is most concerned with coach Mason.

"I'm happy as long as coach Mason is there and he says he is. Also, I'm used to coaching changes and I'm not going to Stanford just because of football either. I am going to an ivy league school and I couldn't be more excited about that part of it too."

Lyons says he will major in some sort of engineering at Stanford. He is looking forward to everything about his new school, including the California weather.

"That weather is awesome. I loved it when I went for my visit and my family loved it too. They are really supportive of me going there. We know they will hire a really good head coach and I will be excited to meet him. I just love the city, the atmosphere and everything about it."

Lyons says he has been hitting the recruiting trail hard for Stanford recently. His target this week? Current Rutgers commit WR Miles Shuler.

"I've been all over Miles telling him to come to Stanford. I think he really likes it so we will have to see."

Lyons is leaving high school with a decorated career at the safety and outside linebacker position. He reports a 4.8 GPA with a 22 ACT. He has shone on the football field, in the classroom and on the track. Here's what Lyons wants to say to Stanford fans around the world:

"Welcome me from Florida to California with open arms! I can't wait to play as hard as I can out there and show you all what I'm made of. I'm really excited to be a part of this program."

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