Summer is commitment season. Earlier this summer, in June, the Wolfpack landed a commitment from Durant (FL) defensive lineman Xavier Lyas. The summer has also been decommitment season for some schools, but Lyas (6-5, 210) doesn't seem to be having any second thoughts.
No second guessing, no questioning himself, no wondering what else might be out there. Not for Lyas. Not after his visit to NC State a couple of weeks ago.
Lots of the players at NC State’s Alpha Wolf Showcase were there for the first time or they were still getting used to everything at the school. But Lyas had been around before. He knew what to expect. He knows the coaches and the trip wasn't about learning or experiencing something new.
"It was pretty much like the same things I've known before. I liked it just as much as I liked it the first time I went there. I talked to all the coaches and I'd say I talked to Coach Kitchings the most. I also talked to Coach Doeren the head coach and I talked to Coach Nielsen a good amount. I'm 100% with them right now. I'm definitely 100%."
Lyas had camped at NC State earlier in the summer so the coaches have now been able to watch him work out a couple of times. The Friday camp was not as thorough as others. There were some bag workouts and some other light events.
It was fun, but Lyas mostly enjoyed the down time.
"The Alpha Wolf Showcase was cool because all the recruits were there. All the top prospects they're looking at were there. We just looked at the facilities and stuff, we did the camp and then we had a BBQ. That was a lot of fun. It was just an activity camp and it was a good time."
Lyas said the coaches from Temple have continued to reach out to him and let him know they would like for him to reconsider his decision but he said he is only letting them continue to talk to him as a courtesy.
Lyas is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 96 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com.