Lyons Selects Ohio State

Pittsburgh Woodland Hills WR/DB Devon Lyons announced his commitment to Ohio State at a press conference a short time ago.

Pittsburgh Woodland Hills wide receiver/defensive back Devon Lyons announced a verbal commitment to Ohio State at a press conference this evening at 7 p.m. in his hometown. contributor Gary Housteau was in attendance in Pittsburgh to cover the press conference and should have details later this evening or tomorrow morning.

Lyons (6-2 ½, 204, 4.45) was a fine two-way player for Woodland Hills as a senior and could play on either side of the ball for the Buckeyes.

Offensively, he had 23 catches for 756 yards (32.9 average) and scored 14 touchdowns. Defensively, he had 52 tackles and four interceptions. He was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "Fab 22" team. Lyons finished his junior season with 49 tackles, five interceptions and five caused fumbles.

He is ranked as Pennsylvania's 10th-best prospect and the nation's 17th-best safety by The Insiders. Ranked as Pennsylvania's fourth-best prospect and the country's No. 12 wide receiver prospect by SuperPrep. Ranked as the nation's No. 20 safety by's Tom Lemming.

He holds a 3.4 GPA and scored a 1030 on the SAT.

Lyons' verbal gives OSU four signees from Pennsylvania this year. Also figuring to sign with OSU from Pennsylvania are offensive linemen Kyle Mitchum and Jon Skinner and tight end Rory Nicol. OSU still has hope of landing Reading, Pa., linebacker James Bryant. Mitchum, Nicol and Bryant are all national top-100 prospects, according to The Insiders.

If OSU succeeds in getting Bryant, who will choose between OSU, Miami (Fla.), Florida, Pittsburgh and LSU at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Buckeyes will have landed four of Pennsylvania's top 10 prospects (according to The Insiders) in Bryant (No. 4), Mitchum (5), Nicol (7) and Lyons (10).

OSU hasn't signed any players from Pennsylvania since DT-LB Randy Homa in 1995 from Pottsville, Pa.

Lyons becomes OSU's 24th verbal commitment in the 2004 recruiting class. That total does not include grayshirt candidates Joe Bauserman and Aaron Pettrey, who could delay enrollment until next winter. The class could number as many as 25 or 26 players with more potential signees due to announce their intentions Tuesday and Wednesday.

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