QB Has Nittany Lions in Top 3

<b>Jordan Lyons</b>, a big, athletic quarterback from Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia, lists Penn State among his top 3 schools. How interested are both parties in each other? Will Jordan visit State College?

Name: Jordan Lyons
Position: QB
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 220 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.68 at Nike Camp
Bench Press: 255 pounds
School: Woodward Academy, College Park, GA


Like many youngsters from the Peach State, Jordan grew up a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs.

"My dad was an alumni at the University of Georgia. He also played there, so we have season tickets for them."

Although Lyons has a scholarship offer from Georgia, they are recruiting him as an athlete, not as a quarterback, Jordan's preferred position. The Bulldogs already have verbal commitments from two quarterbacks this recruiting season (A.J. Bryant and Blake Barnes).

Michigan State and Maryland have also offered him a scholarship. A few other schools may be close to tendering offers as well.

"Stanford, I just haven't gotten my application in. Once I get it in, and if I get accepted, then hopefully they'll offer. There are a couple of other schools that want to see me before they go that far. Penn State is one. My coach has been talking to Nebraska and Colorado and I've gotten a couple letters, but I haven't talked to them yet."

Lyons has begun the process of taking visits to some prospective schools.

"I did an unofficial visit to Maryland this week and that was my first one. It went very well. My parents got to meet Coach Friedgen and he was very accommodating and very nice.

"I plan on doing a few more unofficial visits, probably one to Stanford and one someplace else. I think we'll go up to Penn State sometime in November."

He also attended several camps this summer.

"I went to Texas, Georgia, Maryland, UNC and a couple other combine camps like Nike, Fellowship Sports and the Baptist Sports Medicine Combine."

The Terrapins, Cardinal and Nittany Lions comprise Lyons' list of top 3 teams. Each of those teams is recruiting Jordan to play quarterback.

What do college coaching staff say that they like about Jordan?

"Maryland said they just wanted a mobile, big quarterback who can run the option and that's pretty much all my team does. And, I can throw the ball well also. It's basically that I have good size. That's probably one of my biggest attributes as a college football player.

"We don't throw the ball all that much, but I think I'm 28 of 53 (passing) for probably about 370 yards."

Lyons, who estimates that he can throw a football between 65 and 70 yards, has also rushed for over 300 yards in his team's 4 games. Woodward Academy is currently 4-0.

Jordan is unsure when he will be ready to make a final decision.

"I can't say that I'll know exactly when I'll make a decision, but probably the first part of December should be when I should be able to sit down and spread it all out and decide."

Former Woodward Academy star, Julian Jenkins, is currently in his second year at Stanford.

"I've gotten a call from the head coach (at Stanford) and he was very nice. That's also very impressive, to get a call from the head coach of a college football team, because they're often the busiest of people. Distance isn't really a problem for me, and their academics are, bar none, one of the highest in the nation."

Penn State assistant coach Kenny Carter has called Jordan "several times" since September 1. Although Jordan's name has not been linked with Penn State until recently, the Nittany Lions have actually been recruiting him for some time.

"They talked to my coaches and they talked to me before this month, like last month. They actually sent me a lot of stuff before the summer started, but they kind of didn't send me anything during the summer and then got back on it afterwards.

"[Coach Carter] says that they're very interested and that they just want to see me before they decide on whether to offer me or not.

"They have Zack Mills and Michael Robinson. Zack only has one year left. Michael has two. So, they'd probably look to redshirt me and that's probably something that I would prefer, so that I could get a year under me and get the speed of the game.

"Coach Carter has been real nice and it's a very good school academically. I'm looking at academics first before anything else.

"I've seen a couple of their games. They haven't been playing all that well this year, but--. They run the option as well and I'm very comfortable with that."

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