List dizzying for Lyons, but NU's on it

With more than 30 offers, Florida safety Wayne Lyons can hardly keep them straight. But the four-star safety knows that Northwestern is one of them, and he's been in touch with NU coaches via phone and Facebook. Owning a GPA that's higher than his 40 time – 4.8 to 4.5 – Lyons seems a good fit for the Wildcats. Purple Reign talked academics, recruiting and timetable with 2011's No. 5 safety.

Wayne Lyons couldn't helped but laugh.

When chatting with a recruit, it's common practice to slip in the "What are some of the other schools recruiting you?" question. It's an inquiry that will let you know if there are any recent offers that haven't yet been reported, or if there are any unexpected suitors out there.

But for Lyons, a four-star recruit from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., naming which schools are recruiting him is a tall order. After all, he's holding more than 30 offers.

So instead of pulling out a scroll with a list of schools that have offered, all Lyons could do was chuckle and say, apologetically, that he couldn't quite answer that question. Not totally, at least.

"LSU offered me today," was all he could come up with.

Forgive Lyons, who is ranked as the No. 5 safety in the 2011 class. Indeed, he is so coveted that it would be nearly impossible to give a thorough recruiting recap. Here are some cliff notes: Blue bloods like Alabama, USC, Notre Dame and Florida State have all offered. So has much of the Big Ten – Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State and…Northwestern.

"I've been talking to the coaches on the phone and on Facebook," Lyons said of Northwestern.

"Everybody is still even right now," he added. "I haven't started narrowing it down."

While the 6-1, 195-pound Lyons couldn't reel off a list of who is recruiting him, he did pinpoint some things that will help shape his decision – some things that could bode well for the Wildcats.

Owning a weighted 4.8 GPA and an ACT score of 22, Lyons said that academics would be a serious consideration of his.

"I want to go to a big school, but I want it to be balanced with academics and athletics," said Lyons, who runs a 4.5 40.

He's not the first recruit to tout academics, but he seems to walk the walk more than some. Part of the reason that the list of schools has overwhelmed him a bit is that he's so busy – and not just with gridiron activities.

Sure, part of that schedule is indeed consumed by football, but there are some off-the-field duties as well.

"I'm getting ready to go to a leadership camp in Washington D.C.," Lyons said. "It's an academic program – like a convention. It's like a week-long thing. We'll go to some things up there, go to some different sites and meet a lot of business leaders."

Lyons said that he is in no hurry to make a decision, adding that he isn't even close to picking the five schools to which he'll make official visits. He said that it will probably be until after his senior season until he makes a decision.

After all, he first needs to sort out exactly which schools have offered. And for Lyons, that's no easy task.

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