Rutgers Sends Offer to Florida Safety

Rutgers is one of the many schools to offer Dillard High (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) safety Wayne Lyons. He has picked up offers from coast-to-coast, and talks about whether he will look at the Scarlet Knights. Also, Lyons talks about what is important to him as looks ahead in the recruiting process.

The days pass, the offers come in and four-star Dillard High (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) strong safety Wayne Lyons keeps a running tab of all the schools.

Right now, count Rutgers in the mix as those which offered, and those the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Lyons is considering.

"I'm going to give everyone an opportunity,'' Lyons said. "No one is a favorite right now. I want to be able to get a feel of every school, and see which one best fits me.

"I'm looking for a school that has good academics, and is in need of DBs so I can have early playing time. I know Rutgers recruits a lot of Dillard kids because they have some type of connection with Dillard.''

Lyons said his latest round of offers are from USC, Ohio State, Illinois, Nebraska, Florida State, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Michigan State. He already had offers from Notre Dame, Stanford, Alabama, Auburn and many others.

The interest was already there when Lyons was a sophomore, but after making 96 tackles and forcing seven fumbles in a stellar junior season, the attention sky-rocketed.

Among the things Lyons enjoys about strong safety is the ability to deliver big hits.

"You get to come down and make plays against the run, and you also have to defend the pass,'' he said. "I think it's the most important position on the field.''

He also dabbles in receiver.

"Most of the schools are looking at me as a safety, but some of them told me I could play both ways,'' Lyons said. "I prefer defense. That's what I played all my life. I love making plays.''

There are also a pair of schools yet to offer who Lyons wouldn't mind seeing first-hand.

"I heard a lot about LSU and Clemson,'' Lyons said. "I would like to check those out if I got a chance to see what those schools were like.''

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