Lyerla is Wide Open

Sooners Illustrated was able to reach Colt Lyerla, 2011 athlete out of Oregon who recently picked up an offer from OU. He talked about his interest in the Sooners and where he stands with recruiting at the moment.

Versatile is the word that comes to mind when describing Colt Lyerla. Lyerla who plays his high school football in Hillsboro, Oregon can play offense or defense.

"It just depends on the school," Lyerla began about what position each school is recruiting him at. "I'm being recruited as a slot receiver, linebacker, defensive end and at safety."

Lyerla burst onto the scene when participating in a two day National Underclassmen camp in Norman back in July. Lyerla caught the attention of the Oklahoma coaching staff. And the Sooners have told Lyerla they are officially going to offer him.

"Obviously they are a big time program. When I heard that they may be offering me I was pretty excited about that. So they are definitely up there."

For now the Sooners are recruiting him to play a number of positions but aren't sure where at the moment.

"They (Oklahoma) said anywhere from linebacker to defensive end and slot receiver," Lyerla explained.

Reading that last quote you may wonder how this guy can be a DE and a WR recruit. Just look at his measurables and you will see how.

"Right now I'm 6-foot-5 about 225-pounds and I ran a 4.6 about two months ago," Lyerla said. "I'm hoping that I've gotten a little faster since then."

Lyerla has been able to take a few unofficial visits and was able to see Norman while attending the two day camp.

"I took some unofficial visits to Oregon and Oregon State," Lyerla stated. "I also got a chance to see Oklahoma through the camp I attended down there. It (Norman) looked good to me you know it looked great."

Being from Oregon it would be an obvious choice to have Oregon or Oregon States as his early favorites however Lyerla is wide open at the moment.

"Actually to tell you the truth it's pretty wide open," Lyerla began. "It just depends on how a school is academically and just all the factors that come into play."

The season starts this upcoming weekend for Lyerla and he talked about what he is looking forward to the most.

"I'm looking forward to a win," Lyerla stated. "Looking forward to seeing what our team can do and just starting off the season."

Remember that word versatility? Here are the positions Lyerla will play this year for his team.

"I'm going to be playing tailback, wide receiver and linebacker."


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