RECRUITING: Sooners in Pittsburgh WR's top three

Pittsburgh, Pa. wide receiver Wesley Lyons talks about his game and interest in Oklahoma.


Wesley Lyons is a freak, and we mean that in a good way because when receivers come along this big and this fast, they become instant playmakers for the offense.

Lyons has learned to play with his height, but the fact he can run so well also sets him apart.

"I was 6-3 my freshman year and then I had a growth spurt came before my junior year that pushed me up another three inches. I am the same height that I was last year, so I don't know if I am going to grow any more. My height helps me coming off the ball, and when the defender jams my leverage is easier to work with. Once I am down field the quarterbacks just have to put it up. I think I can go up and get the ball with anybody in the country."

Lyons, who has been a starter since his sophomore year, finished with 33 catches for 668 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago. He also plays safety and corner on defense and finished with 20 tackles and two interceptions last season.

Lyons can bench 255 pounds, squats 370 and has posted a 36-inch vertical jump. Lyons also runs the 400M/52 and 200M/23 in track.

He went to the Penn State camp this past April and has been to Ohio State, where his brother Devin is a wide receiver, several times. Lyons has participated in seven-on-seven drills at West Virginia, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh. At this point, he has been offered by 23 schools.

"I have a few favorites," said Lyons. "I like Miami, Ohio State and Oklahoma as my top three. Then you have West Virginia, Iowa, Louisville, Boston College, Wisconsin and Virginia is kind of in there as my next group.

So what is it that attracted him to Oklahoma?

"I really like Coach (Darrell) Wyatt at Oklahoma. He seems pretty cool. It seems like I talk to him every week. I really enjoy calling him. Coach Wyatt is the man, it seems like he is getting all his receivers to the next level. He had a first round draft choice last year and three wide receivers taken in the first three rounds."

Does one school stand out?

"I would have to say that Ohio State is somewhat of a favorite because my brother is there. I already know all the coaches there and I feel comfortable there. I know Ohio State already has a lot of receivers on their depth chart because right now they have 12 receivers. It might be pretty neat to play on the same team as my brother. We always competing against each other anyway.

"But I don't want people to think that I am going to sign with Ohio State. I mean, that is a possibility, but I could just as easily sign with Oklahoma or another school."

Lyons has qualified.

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