"I know for sure I'm going to visit UCLA," Lyons said. "I talked with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and Coach (Clark) Lee (linebackers) and told them I wanted to come out and they were pretty excited. I'm going out for the Houston game on the 18th at the Rose Bowl. It'll be fun to get a feel for the environment out there and to check out the campus and academics.
"I picked UCLA because they've been recruiting me really hard," he added. "I know they really want me because I talk with all of the coaches, not just one or two. They been emailing me a lot more than other schools, just staying in constant contact with me."
Lyons said he wants to focus more on out-of-state schools for his official visits. "I think I want to take my officials to more far away schools," Lyons said. "I've pretty much been everywhere here in Florida so I rather go somewhere that I wouldn't normally get to see.
"I think I'll be taking a visit to Nebraska," he added. "About a 90% chance, I will. I wanted to go for the Texas game (Oct. 16), but I have a game the same night so that won't work. I'm really just figuring out the timing, maybe the Missouri game (Oct. 30). We'll see."
Stanford is another likely choice for the stand-out safety. "I'm thinking about Stanford," Lyons said. "I've already been once last season for the Washington game. I'd like to go see how it is a second time around. They were my first offer and academics is key for me, so I'm very interested in seeing Stanford again."
Lyons said he's also considering Auburn. "A lot of players on my team went there," said Scout.com's No. 6 ranked safety. "So I'd like to go check it out more. I've been talking with the coaches there, but haven't for sure decided to visit yet."
Lyons, who plans on committing in January at the U.S. Army All-American game, is taking his time deciding who will join the Bruins on his official visit list. "I want to do things my way," he said. "I have a lot of options here, so I just want to make sure I'm making the right decisions for me.
"Academics and the overall environment of the school are two big things I'm looking at," Lyons said. "I want to get a feel for the school since I will be spending the next four years there.
"I don't care about distance," he added. "My mom doesn't care either. She just wants me to go to the place that fits me best, where I'll be happy and get a good education. She'll come see me no matter where I go."
Lyons plans to major in engineering and reports a 4.8 (4-scale) GPA and a 22 ACT.