At 6-5, 210 pounds, Tyler Lyon has the size college coaches covet for the quarterback position. Tyler's dad played quarterback at Washington State so he has the bloodlines to be a big-time player. After a 3,000-yard, 27-touchdown performance in the 2004 season, he got the attention of the Irish coaching staff.
"As soon as I heard Charlie Weis wanted to talk to me I was pretty excited. It was a huge surprise," said Lyon.
"He talked about the quarterback position at Notre Dame. He talked about what their plan was with me. He talked about what was going on with the team currently," explained Lyon. "And then he told me that he had a spot on their roster for me and would like me to come play football from him."
Lyon said the offer and Weis conversation was a big surprise.
"I don't think I had any mail from Notre Dame before they offered," Lyon said. "Coach Weis saw my film and then talked to my coach. Just to receive an offer from a program like Notre Dame is amazing -- to get the offer was very humbling."
What was Lyon's impression of Notre Dame's head man?
"He knows a lot about the game," said Lyon. "He gets the best out of everyone. You have to be impressed with what he does with quarterbacks like Tom Brady -- he just seems like a winner."
Does he have interest in playing football in South Bend?
"Yes I do," Lyon replied. "I like the tradition. Education is very important to my parents and Notre Dame has a great education."
The Irish coaches did talk to him about attending some of the junior days, but Tyler said that he'd likely wait to visit Notre Dame on an official visit once his senior year started.
Besides Notre Dame, Lyon is looking at Arizona (offer), Colorado, Syracuse, and UCLA. He has talked to all the coaching staffs at those schools and he been to UCLA for a baseball junior day and a spring football practice.
With UCLA being a local school, does that give them an edge?
"I watched them when I was growing up, but I'm keeping my options open," said Lyon. "Distance won't be a problem. I want to find the place that's going to give me the best chance to succeed in college."
Lyon is also a tremendous baseball prospect and he is being recruited by some of the best programs in the country. He still has a lot of games to play in both sports, so he isn't certain whether he will play both on the next level or if he'll concentrate on one. Either way, it will be a big decision for him. So for now, Tyler will concentrate on baseball and then prepare for a big senior season.
"We're returning a lot of guys next year so we should have a pretty solid team," said Lyon. "Terry Leigh (wide receiver), Dillano Howell (running back) and Troy Yudin (wide receiver) are a couple guys that should be recruited by big programs."
Comments: Lyon isn't a guy we heard a lot about early, but the Irish coaches certainly saw something they liked or they wouldn't have offered. He is a very intriguing prospect. He has the size of a prototypical pocket passer, but he also adds a great deal of mobility to the position. Tyler seemed to be very excited about his Notre Dame offer. Coach Weis made a positive impression on Lyon and Tyler has a great deal of respect for Weis.