OSU holds "great interest" for highly sought QB

WITH EIGHT OFFERS already under his belt, Newhall, Calif., quarterback Tyler Lyon and his family will have plenty to decide over the coming year. Oregon State is among those offering a full ride and Lyon says the prospect of playing in Corvallis holds "great interest" for him. There are also 10 minutes of scouting video available on Lyon to view.

Home-state favorite Kevin Riley may have verbally committed to Cal, but Oregon State's firmly in the mix for another top signal caller in Lyon (6-6, 210), a strong armed quarterback out of Hart High.

"I have a great interest in them and I let them know that," said Lyon of a recent conversation with Beaver coach Mike Riley.

Oregon State, Notre Dame, LSU, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Rutgers and Ole Miss have all offered. All schools are even, and Lyon said he plans on taking his time in reaching a decision.

"Its going to be a family thing," said Lyon. "I'll have the final word but we're going to discuss it as a family. I have to go visit places, meet the coaches, see what the best fit is for me."

Not surprisingly, a coaching staff will play a major role in his decision. Lyon's father is Chuck Lyon, coach at College of the Canyons. A ballboy since he was around seven, Lyon said his father's day job has influenced the kind of player he is, and the kind of player he hopes to become.

"I've been around football my whole life -- he's been a coach since I was born," said Lyon.

Lyon said official trips will likely play a large part in his final decision on where he'll be spending the next four to five years of his life.

"I'll probably make my decision later, but not real late, not like the last day in February or anything like that," he said. "But I'm not going to make it real early either, I'm not going to make a decision before the start of the season."

Lyon said he has no further plans for any unofficial trips the remainder of the summer. He visited Arizona earlier in the year. The Wildcats were recruiting the hardest at first but Lyon said the other schools are recruiting just as strongly these days.

Last season, Lyon completed 59 percent of his passes for 3107 yards and 27 TDs, 20 INTs. He rushed for another 6 touchdowns.

Lyon is also an outstanding baseball player who may end up playing both sports in college, although his entire junior season was virtually wiped out by an elbow injury. The elbow has since healed up 100 percent.

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