Playing in the football rich "Big Southwest" area of Dallas metro, only the best are three year starters in 5A Texas football. At DeSoto High School, a school with an enrollment of roughly 2000 students (grades 10-12), only exceptional students are ranked top 5 in their class. Alex Lyons has done both exceeding in the classroom as well as the football field.
"I've been a starter since the third game of my sophomore year," said Alex Lyons on playing for the DeSoto Eagles. "This year we got a new defensive coordinator, and we're going to a 3-4 defense. I'll play ‘Will'. We played 4-3 and multiple since I've been here, but I'm getting used to the scheme."
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound prospect made 154 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one pick, and forced three fumbles as a junior. The Eagles are coming off a big season where they went 11-3 reaching the quarterfinals in the playoffs. They return top state talent in Curtis Riser, Bryson Echols, Michael Richardson, and Jalen Mills, all committed to top BCS programs. Lyons may decide to join them soon among committed players.
"This summer I camped at Rice and Arkansas," said Lyons. "In the spring I went to a Junior Day at Kansas State. Those are the schools I'm looking at now the most mainly because they're the ones I've had the chance to get to.
"I also have offers from Iowa, Cal-Berkeley, Michigan State, Wyoming, and New Mexico. I'm hoping to make a verbal pretty soon because I don't want to be left out in case I get injured during the season."
The Eagles play their first game on August 26th at home against Leander. Then they take on Oklahoma City's Frederick A. Douglas High School in Kirk Herbstreit's Annual Kickoff Classic at Cowboys Stadium. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Network. Lyons feels well prepared for the upcoming gridiron battles.
"I'm coming in faster," Lyons said. "I've improved in my ability to beat and fend off blocks. I'm also doing a good job of reading and diagnosing plays. One area I've focused on in the off-season is improving my footwork. Hopefully you'll see a big difference in my game.
"I want to make at least 200 tackles, make five interceptions and have 10 turnovers either by recovery of forced fumble. Winning state is the ultimate goal. We have the team to do it with eight starters returning on defense and almost our whole offensive line. We just need the new quarterback to step up big."
DeSoto sent four players to Division 1 schools last year (three wide receivers and one offensive lineman). Their quarterback, Ryan Polite, signed with Texas-San Antonio. Now Lyons is ready for his time to shine as a senior player and get himself ready for college.
"First and foremost I want a chance to get a good education," Lyons said. "I've never rode the bench, and I don't want to start. I'm hoping to go somewhere I can play somewhat early on. Most of the schools recruiting me want me to play inside linebacker. Having good coaches around me is also a very important factor."
Currently ranked 5th overall in his class with a 4.78 GPA, Lyons is looking into studying Mathematics, Accounting, or Pre-Pharmacy in college. He'll wear jersey No. 40 again this year for the DeSoto Eagles.
Recruiting Update: Alex Lyons
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