Lydon Hopes to Build off Terrific Junior Year

Tarpon Springs (Fla.) Eastlake had it's share of Division I prospects on their 13-1 football team in 2013. One name that's starting to surface out on the recruiting front is Eagles' junior linebacker, Carson Lydon.

For the several fans that follow recruiting vigorously throughout the Tampa Bay area, George Campbell, Artavis Scott and Devin Abraham are household names when you discuss the Tarpon Springs (Fla.) Eastlake's football team, who's fresh off a school best 13-1 season in 2013.

One prospect that's starting to catch the attention of several collegiate coaches from all throughout the country, is junior linebacker, Carson Lydon. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker had a breakout junior campaign, finishing with 149 tackles, eight sacks, 12 hurries, three forced fumbles, three blocked punts, two blocked kicks, two interceptions, three defensive touchdowns, and a safety for the Eagles.

Lydon's impressive numbers have recently landed him two instate scholarship offers from the University of South Florida and UCF. Lydon's friend and teammate, Devin Abraham, has enrolled early at the nearby institution, USF. The chance to play together once again at the next level is quite appealing for the Eastlake linebacker.

"My coach and Devin told me about it (USF offer), Lydon said. "Devin said coach (Raymond) Woodie (linebackers) really likes me and that's who the offer came from. I think it's a good program that's currently on the rise with a good coaching staff and good talent. I also like the fact that my buddy is up there on the team."

Other schools that are showing interest in the defensive standout include Michigan, Boston College, Florida and Iowa State. Lydon doesn't plan to visit many schools until the summer, but has plans to take a trip to an instate program in the near future.

"I think I'm visiting UCF soon, but other than that, it'll be this summer when I take my visits."

Lydon just wants to feel at home at whichever school he plays his collegiate football.

"Whichever school feels right and feels like home to me."

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