Lyons Doesn't Shy Away From Competition

Wayne Lyons is already up to 31 scholarship offers and he'll likely add more than a few in the coming months. Dillard High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is the home of's No. 5 ranked safety prospect and the Irish are hoping Lyons will be a part of their 2011 recruiting class.

Wayne Lyons (6-foot-1, 190-pounds) was one of the top recruiting targets for Charlie Weis' staff and Lyons was waiting to hear from the new Notre Dame staff.

"I got a chance to talk to the new staff last week and they said that they're really interested in me," Lyons recalled. "I talked to coach Diaco and coach Martin. They definitely confirmed the offer, because they said that they really need me to come in and play right away. They've seen my film so they know what I'm about.

"The conversation was real good. They said they like my athleticism and my ability to make plays against the run and the pass. They like my coverage skills and the ability to make tackles on the field.

"We'll try to get up there sometime this spring or summer," he said. "If I can't make that I'll definitely take one of my official visits up there."

Lyons will have a difficult decision when it comes time to select his college destination, and he may also have a difficult time deciding if he will graduate from high school in December.

"My mom might not want me to graduate early, because I'm trying to be the valedictorian of my graduating class," he said. "I have 31 offers right now. I'm going to take a couple more unofficial visits and then later in the spring I'll start narrowing down the list. I plan on going up top Ohio State for their spring game with a guy from my 7-on-7 team. I'll go to South Florida and I just went to a junior day at Florida State. Stanford is on the list, Alabama, and USC.

"I sat down with my mom and we came up with about 40 questions that we're going to ask all the different colleges. We'll get those back and evaluate all the answers, see how they answered them and see which one fits me best. I want to know when I graduate and get out of school, how it will prepare me for life."

Despite the 31 scholarship offers, Lyons isn't worried about going out and competing against top talent. In January he was in San Antonio, Texas for the U.S. Army junior combine and he is planning to get out to a few camps this spring and summer.

"I was there with the best of the best from around the country, and I think I did pretty good," Lyons said of his experience in San Antonio. "It gave me a little bit of confidence. I still have to work harder and get better, but it gave me a good idea of where I stood.

"I'm on a 7-on-7 team right now, and I think I'm going to go to the big Nike camp. I just want to go out and compete and compare myself to the top guys. I'm a big competitor, so I want to go out and challenge myself."

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