Florida Junior Recieves ND Offer, Plans Visit

It isn't often that Notre Dame gets the jump on the Florida schools when it comes to recruiting Florida athletes, but that could be the case regarding safety Wayne Lyons from Dillard High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Wayne Lyons (6-foot-0, 185-pounds) expected to receive several scholarship offers this week. One school he was expecting to hear from was Notre Dame… he wasn't disappointed.

"I got an offer from Notre Dame (Tuesday)," Lyons replied when asked about his contact with Notre Dame. "But I was really happy when I got it. I talked to Coach Brown and Coach Parmalee. I actually talk to them all the time, so I kind of knew it was going to come."

It may sound unusual that he was talking to the Notre Dame staff so early in the recruiting process, but Lyons had a chance to get to know the Irish coaches this summer.

"I went up there for the camp in the summer," Wayne said. "Coach Parmalee came to my school and he told my coach that he liked me a lot. I was interested in Notre Dame too, so I told him that I'd try to make it up there this summer and that's how we made it happen.

"The campus was very nice. I liked it a lot. The coaches are really down to earth. You could joke with them. They're really good coaches. I liked them a lot. They made me feel real comfortable.

"It's the best of both worlds," he said. "It's highly respected academically and also highly respected athletically, football wise. They're probably one of the top-notch schools in the country."

With all the top-flight football programs in the state of Florida, it might appear that the Irish are facing an uphill battle for Lyon's signature. That isn't necessarily the case though, as Wayne is already planning a return trip to South Bend.

"It's not going to be real hard to get me out of Florida," he explained. "As long as the school fits me and everything goes well, I'll pick the school that best fits me.

"I'm coming to the Notre Dame and USC game. We're trying to get a plane ticket together now."

Stanford, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Duke also contacted Lyons with scholarship offers this week Due to his athletic ability, Wayne will likely receive more as the football season moves forward.

"I played linebacker last year and I moved to safety this year," Lyons said. "I like safety the most, because you get to roam around more freely. I can play corner. My footwork's pretty good. I'm always around the ball. Every play, you're going to see No. 21 around the ball. I bring intensity. I'm hitting it hard and I've got good coverage skills. I can make some plays."

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