For the third year in-a-row now, it looks as if Ohio State will square off with the University of Miami to land the services of a top-rated prep wide receiver from the Midwest.
Two years ago, it was Devon Lyons from Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, Pa. that chose the Buckeyes over the Hurricanes and on this past national signing day, Brian Robiskie of Chagrin Falls High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio changed his thinking when Ohio State swooped in during the proverbial llth hour and chose to ink his letter of intent with OSU.
As a member of the 2006 recruiting class, Wesley Lyons Jr. (pictured right), Devon's younger brother at Woodland Hills, is now mulling over scholarship offers from the same two high profile schools. And despite having a handful of other offers in hand already, with more expected to come, it is likely to remain a two-horse race throughout the duration of the recruiting process.
West Virginia, however, was actually the first school to offer Lyons a scholarship but in the month of April, Ohio State and, just recently, Miami have done the same.
"About three weeks or so ago Ohio State offered me. They sent me a letter in the mail, " said Lyons who mentioned that he received the offer right around the start of spring drills at Ohio State. "I was excited because I like Ohio State and they're one of my top schools. I was hoping to get an offer from Ohio State so I was really excited when I got it in my hands."
Lyons attended the Ohio State spring game on Saturday and sat through some rugged weather conditions as he watched his big brother's Gray team earn a victory over the Scarlet squad, 19-6.
"I was freezing when I was watching the game but I liked how the game was run. I've been to a couple of spring games and I like the way Ohio State did their's," Lyons said. "It was a decent game and the Gray team won and the guys looked pretty good."
A couple of weeks before Ohio State's spring game, Lyons went down to Miami, along with his Wolverine teammate Darrin Walls, to attend their spring game.
"Miami just offered me last week after I got back from their spring game," Lyons said. "It was all right down there, the weather was good. I really like them. That was my first time really going down there to their campus and everything and it really helped. All of their coaches seemed really cool."
So even though it's really early in the recruiting season, it looks as if Lyons isn't really interested in any other offers than the one's that are currently in front of him already.
"My top two schools are Miami and Ohio State and I like West Virginia a little bit," Lyons said. "I got about 10 or 12 offers right now and I have a few more schools that have told me that an offer is on the way, but I basically know which schools that I like and I'm pretty sure it'll come down to Ohio State or Miami."
As of now it looks like Lyons won't make an official visit to Miami until sometime in December and he has yet to determine at which point during the season he'll make his official trip to Ohio State. He said that he'll likely be at all of OSU's home games and some of their road games as well this season.
"I'm pretty much set on just those two schools but I might take a trip to West Virginia since they offered me first," Lyons said.
Obviously with his brother being at Ohio State, Lyons has a great deal of interest in the Buckeyes but he's not going to let that be the determining factor in his final decision.
"I would like to go to school where my brother is but I want to go where I fit in the best," he said. "Visiting the two schools and checking them out more and getting to know the coaches personally should help."
Lyons will attend the Nike camp at Penn State next weekend. At 6-6 and 205 pounds, Lyons is likely to attract the attention of even more college recruiters after he performs there. Both Penn State and Pittsburgh are two instate schools that have yet to offer him a scholarship at this time.
"Nike, right now, is probably the only camp that I'm going to," he said. "I was invited to the senior camp at Ohio State and I might go to that but I'm not sure."
Last year Lyons caught 34 passes for almost 800 yards and he scored eight touchdowns. He surpassed the single-season catch totals that both his brother and Ryan Mundy, now at Michigan, had at Woodland Hills and he would certainly be a big catch for Ohio State.
"I really like Ohio State and my brother is there so that's big plus right there. That's going to help make my decision," Lyons said. "I'm going to talk to my brother about it because he's already been through the process and see what he has to say when I'm going to make my decision."
Lyons, who has been clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, has a 3.1 GPA and he scored a 940 on his SAT.