Thus, coaches and fans around the country are well-aware of Lyons' abilities as a safety. But, even among football aficionados, plenty of people might not know this: at his 2,000-person high school, Wayne Lyons reports he's the No. 1 student in his class.
"People don't expect that because I'm a top athlete, but they're wowed when they hear how good my grades are, because plenty of athletes are not on top of their grades," Wayne Lyons told The Bootleg in a Monday night interview. "I take AP classes -- AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science -- and I go to community college and take classes there: math, biology, biology lab, history."
Lyons hopes to study engineering in college, specifically civil engineering. He received a 22 on his ACT and scored in the mid-900's on his two-part SAT, but will retake both of those in accordance with his mother's wishes. Mom has always pushed Wayne and his sister, a cheerleader at Florida, hard, and she wants Wayne to do no worse than a 1,000 on his SAT.
"She's on top of all of it; she's real active," he said. "She wants us to get a jump start on college and start with 50 college credits. She has a plan for me, just like my sister, to knock out half a year, a year, one-and-a-half years of college. … I definitely want to try to get a degree. That's your basis for life."
"I think Stanford's a good school with great academics and good football," he said. "Coach Harbaugh is making changes. They had a good season this year and should have a better season next year. The campus is beautiful. It's a good environment, everyone was nice to me, and I got a good vibe with the players."
Compared to some of the other programs on Lyons' list, Stanford has a smaller student body, and, at least historically, a less storied program. Lyons, however, says these potential negatives do not weigh heavily in his mind.
"No, it's not really a big deal, as long as I can have fun and enjoy the college life, the size shouldn't be a big problem. … And I don't think history matters. The NFL will find talent wherever you are, so it doesn't matter as long as you produce and can play in front of NFL scouts."
Lyons has previously mentioned that distance is not a factor, and that he has no public favorites. He also added that a team's scheme didn't matter, as long as he has a chance to be a playmaker, so good luck to fans trying to figure out which schools might have an edge. Factors that Lyons says will be important are early playing time, and "being comfortable during my three years there, getting along with all the players and all the coaches."
One school Lyons will certainly play for is Dillard High, which is rebounding from a 3-7 2009 season under a then-rookie coach. Lyons is in spring football practice right now, trying to ensure his senior year isn't a repeat of his junior season.
"We'll definitely have a better season this year," he said. "Our coach is letting me go both ways, play receiver and safety. It'll be my first year playing wide receiver."
While offense might be in the cards for Lyons in Ft. Lauderdale, he sees himself as a defense-only player in college.
"I see myself as a safety," he said. "I love to hit. I'm big hitter. … I'm trying to get faster and better in coverage. I'm trying to be known as a lockdown DB, and want to be able to play safety and corner."
Finally, no interview of a Florida football prospect would be complete without noting that he comes from the most talent-rich football state in the nation. The Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area in particular has produced legions of NFL stars over the decades, and Lyons thinks his hometown will prove a strength at the next level.
"It's definitely prepared me and given me an advantage," Lyons says of south Florida. "I'll go to college with a different swagger. I already know how to win and play at a football tempo. Everyone's fast in Florida. It gives you an advantage over other states."
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