4-Star Dillard Safety Wayne Lyons Visits USF

Wayne Lyons, the 4-star safety out of Dillard HS is one of the top safety prospects in the country, and last weekend took a trip to Tampa for USF junior day. Read on and see what the No. 5 ranked safety in the country thought about the visit.

USF had its first Junior Day with Skip Holtz has the new Head coach, and among the prospects that visited was Wayne Lyons, a 4-star safety out of Dillard high school in Ft. Lauderdale.

"I went to USF last weekend," said Lyons. "It was good. I got to see all the ins and outs of the school. It's an impressive school.

The 6-foot-one, 185-pound Lyons is a 4-star prospect ranked as the No. 5 safety in the country. Lyons also has a weighted 4.8 GPA, an ACT score of 22, and has emerged as one of the top safety prospects in Florida this year.

"I've just been working out, training for track and getting ready for the 7-on7 tournament this weekend," said Lyons. "I run hurdles, I made regional's last year and that was my first year competing, I'm looking to go farther this year."

As a junior, Lyons was a second team All-State selection as a linebacker after recording 87 tackles, 21 tackles-for-a loss, 6 forced fumbles and two interceptions. Lyons has 4.5 speed, benches nearly 300-pound and owns a 33-inch vertical.

"What makes me a good player is I'm always around the ball," said Lyons. "That and I have the ability to make big hits and make big plays." Lyons added "I'm just working on getting bigger, faster, and stronger."

On the recruiting front Lyons received his first offer in September, but that list has grown as offers keep rolling in at a staggering rate. "Yeah my recruiting has taking off big time, I've got like 36 offers now," said Lyons. "The more recent offers are from UCLA, LSU, Maryland, and Minnesota."

Those schools join his already impressive list which include the likes of Alabama, USC, Notre Dame , Florida State , USF, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, and the list goes on. Lyons takes it all in stride.

"It feels good to see all these schools interested in me," said Lyons. "And that all my hard work is paying off."

Lyons has visited Miami, Florida, Florida State, Stanford, Notre Dame, and this past weekend took a visit to Tampa to check out what South Florida had to offer.

"I had a real good visit to USF, and got to see a lot about the school," said Lyons. "There's not a lot broadcast out there about the school, so I got a chance to see it myself, meet the coaches and how everything was."

"People don't really talk about USF like they do about some of the others like Florida, FSU and Miami, with their history, and USF being newer" said Lyons. "But they're a special school with a lot of good things building."

After arriving on campus around 10:30 Lyons took a quick tour and got to see the Bulls weight room, the football facilities and the locker room, and came away impressed. "Everything was real nice," said Lyons especially the locker room, it was real big and very nice."

He also got to see the USF men's basketball game where they beat UConn in the season finale.

"That was a real good game and a good upset," said Lyons. "The atmosphere was real good and it got real loud in the fourth quarter. We enjoyed that."

While on the visit Lyons also got to meet the USF coaching staff and the bull Head coach Skip Holtz.

"I got to meet the whole coaching staff, they were all real nice," said Lyons "Coach Holtz is a real cool guy and he seemed real interested in me and liked meeting me a lot. They're real big on me and were telling me how they want to turn the program around and make changes, and make big things happen at USF."

He also spent a lot of time with USF tight-ends Coach Larry Scott, who recruits his area.

"I like Coach Scott a lot, he's real cool and down to earth," said Lyons. "He tells the absolute truth and isn't going to sugar coat it."

The Dillard standout already knew some about the USF football program, but got a chance to meet some of the players and get their perspective.

"I already knew they were a good program, because they've had a lot of big upsets over the last few years, and have been playing good football," said Lyons. "I got to talk to a few players like the QB B.J. Daniels and a few of the receivers and see what they thought, and everybody was real happy with what they got going on over there."

With over 36 offers and more coming in every day, has the coveted player started to narrow down his list or have any favorites at this time?

"I'm wide open right now, and don't have any favorites yet," said Lyons.

"Me and my mom are going through a process and sent out a list of questions to all the coaches at the different schools that offered," said Lyons. "Once we get them all back and go over them, we'll start to narrow t down this spring."

Lyons was born and raised in Florida, and staying in state or going out-of-state doesn't make a difference, but he does know what is important in making his college choice.

"The school itself and the way it fits my character is big, and academics of course. Also the depth chart is a big factor to, I don't want to have to wait two years to get on the field," said Lyons.

Lyons plans on visiting Miami's spring scrimmage and also plans on seeing Ohio State and Maryland soon. This weekend he is set to participate at the Badger Sports 7-on-7 as a part of the South Florida Express which is being held at USF, and knows what he wants to accomplish out there.

"We want to try and bring home the championship and come back number one."

Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we follow Wayne Lyons recruitment and the rest of the 2011 recruiting class.


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