Over in Pennsylvania last weekend, Woodland Hills High School defeated North Allegheny 7-0 in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs. With the win, Wesley Lyons and his Wolverine teammates, now 8-2 on the campaign, take on the 9-1 Panthers from Upper St. Clair this weekend.
Woodland Hills was 6-0 on the campaign before losing two of their last three games of the regular-season to Central Catholic, 23-13, in week 7 and Penn Hills, 10-9 in week 9. The Wolverines finished the regular-season at 7-2.
Lyons, the younger brother of Devon Lyons at Ohio State, has recorded 18 catches for 370 yards and 5 touchdowns through 10 weeks. In addition to OSU, Lyons is considering West Virginia and Boston College as his three top schools to continue his football career with. He's made official visits to all three schools and is also thinking about taking an official visit to Louisville and Minnesota at this time.
"I'll probably wait until the end of December before I make my decision," Lyons said. "I'm really not sold on any of the three schools right now."
In addition to each of the respective coaching staffs, there's a lot that Lyons likes about each school. A chance for early playing time is really appealing to him at West Virginia. He really likes the pro-style offense at Boston College. He calls it a "passing-friendly" offense. And he's the most comfortable with his surroundings at Ohio State. With his brother already there, Lyons knows more about OSU than any of the other schools that he's considering.
"I feel the same about Ohio State as I have before," Lyons said. "I like Ohio State but they have a lot of good receivers there and my brother hasn't even played very much. Playing early is really important to me."
The 6-6, 205-pound wide out is actually happy that his brother is having a redshirt season this year.
"I'm glad he did it so he won't waste a whole year. I think it was good for him," Lyons said. "It won't really effect my decision but it will be good if I go there because I'll get to hang out with him for another year."
Lyons really doesn't know how it will all shake down in the end but he plans on sitting down with his family after the season to discuss important things like playing time and even conference affiliation before he makes his final decision.
"I'm going to make a list of everything important and grade each school," Lyons said. "Maybe then I'll have a better idea of how each school really feels to me."
Lyons continues to receive a weekly call from the staff at Ohio State be it from Joe Daniels, Darrell Hazell or Jim Tressel himself. He saw a lot of what Devon went through during the recruiting process just two years ago but he didn't see everything.
"It's been a great experience for me thus far," Lyons said. "It's all really kind of neat."