Lyons ready to become a Dawg

One of the top tacklers in the state of California high school ranks the past two seasons was Dorsey (Los Angeles) LB Matthew Lyons and now that his senior season is over he's turned his eyes northward, to Seattle, the place where he will play his college football...

"Coach (Demetrice) Martin was just here a little bit ago and it was a real good visit," Lyons told "I really liked sitting down with him and having my family talk to him too.

"We set up my visit, it's on January 21st and I'm going up with Joe (Joseph Gray) and Marvin (Hall). We've talked about playing together in college and two of us are already (committed), so we're working on Marvin now."

The past two seasons, Lyons has put up monster numbers for the Dons, posting 135 tackles, six fumble recoveries, three sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a touchdown as a junior in 2009 followed up by his 142-tackle, four-interception, four-sack effort this fall to end his high school football career.

"I have a nose for the ball and I have good instincts," Lyons said. "The coaches at Washington want me to play either strong (safety) or linebacker, it just depends on where I fit best once I get there.

"Right now I'm 6'2", 190, so I know I have to put on some weight to play linebacker, but once I get up there and get into their program, I'll figure it out.

"The coaches like my strength and speed right now and they know I'll work hard and do what I have to do to get on the field the fastest I can."

Lyons and Gray are both on pace to finish up their classes in February so they can enroll at Washington in March and be on campus for the start of spring football.

We'll continue to keep track of Lyons' progress as he prepares to start his college football career and we'll update news as it happens.

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