Florida Safety Wants to Visit UCLA

The 6th-ranked safety in the country, Wayne Lyons from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, who has an astounding 45 scholarship offers, has visited a good number of schools, and still wants to unofficially visit more, including UCLA...


Wayne Lyons, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound four-star safety from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., got his first scholarship offer on Sept. 1, 2009 from Stanford. Since then he's continued getting offers and says he now has around 45 total scholarships. His latest coming on Thursday, May 20, from Clemson and New Mexico.

"Last week I got offers from Boston College, Auburn and Texas Tech," Lyons said.

Lyons, ranked as the No. 6 safety in the country by Scout.com, still denies a top five after having already visited Stanford, Notre Dame, Florida, Miami, Florida State, Maryland and Ohio State. All seven of those schools have offered.

"I don't have a favorite yet," he said. "I'm just trying to enjoy spring right now and trying to make sure our team has a good season.

"I won't narrow it down until this summer," he said.

And don't expect Lyons to make an early commitment either. "I want to take all five of my official visits," he said. "I'd like to commit at the Army All-America game."

Lyons says he's already been invited to participate in the U.S. Army All-America game in San Antonio.

"I'm going to evaluate all the places I've been to and try to analyze everything," he said about his process to narrow down his list. "I want a good academic program and it also needs to fit my personality. It needs to be a good college atmosphere and where the school is all about football and supports the program."

Lyons says the schools that are currently recruiting him the hardest are Stanford, Florida, UCLA and Nebraska. "They send tons of emails," he said. "Every day I get something from one of their coaches. They keep in touch the most."

The Bruins and Huskers have offered as well, and he admits he's very interested in heading to Los Angeles to visit UCLA. "Even in south Florida UCLA has a good reputation," he said. "I know people who've visited them and they loved the area and the campus."

Besides UCLA, Lyons also has an offer from USC and plans to visit the Trojans as well. "I like how USC is a big-name school," he said. "They send guys to the pros and I like that a lot."

Lyons says that distance will not be a factor, which is good news for the West Coast programs. Another California school that Lyons likes is Stanford. "It's a nice campus," he said. "I got to meet a few professors and that was pretty exciting. I like the academics they have to offer."

Another school whose academics have impressed Lyons is Notre Dame. "They have good prestige," he said about the Irish. "They're also recruiting really well and are working hard to get back to the national championship level again.

"I like coach Brian Kelly," he said. "If anyone can turn it around, he can. He seems like a nice dude and I like how he does everything up-tempo. He's real excited for this season."

Growing up, Lyons says he followed Florida and has a sister who is a cheerleader for the Gators. "It's cool that she goes there because I've been there a lot," he said. "I know that place pretty well."

Gainesville is about four hours from Lyons' home.

"She's taken me to a few parties and stuff and I feel pretty comfortable there," he said. "It's a good environment and I know I'd fit in there."

Another Sunshine State program that Lyons is considering is Miami. "Coach Randy Shannon is doing a great job," he said. "I think they're going to have a big season. They have the experience now to win a lot of games."

Lyons doesn't plan on attending any camps this summer, but does hope to visit some more schools. "I'll probably do a little road trip this summer," he said. "I'll probably go to the Atlanta area because I've got some family around there."

Some of the other schools that have already offered Lyons are South Carolina, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Wisconsin, South Florida, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Louisville and several others.

Lyons plans to major in engineering and reports a 4.8 (out of a 4-scale) GPA and a 22 ACT.


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