Jon Lyon to Washington (Updated 12/17) spoke with Mark McElroy, coach at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, and Coach McElroy confirmed the news Husky fans have been waiting for; Jon Lyon is going to Washington. The 6-6, 250-pound tight end prospect is a mid-year transfer and is set to sign with the Huskies. The first signing day for mid-year transfers is December 18th. We also caught up with Jon late Monday night and he also confirmed the news.

"I won't talk to Jon until tomorrow but I do know he committed to Washington," McElroy said. Coach McElroy also acknowledged that Jon still has visits lined up with LSU and Tennessee and couldn't confirm if those visits will be cancelled. "I can't speak for Jon about that, but it's pretty solid he's going to Washington. They will be very happy with him."

Lyon had a visit with Washington Head Coach Rick Neuheisel during his official trip to Washington this weekend, and it was during that visit when he pulled the trigger. "I told him I was coming to school there," Jon said. "He was really excited. I think it was the opportunity to play there, the academics look good and the history and the traditions that are a part of Washington. And Seattle is a great city. That's another big thing for me. I wanted to make sure I was happy where I was going to be living for the next couple of years. I'm excited about playing there. I'll be out there in January, so I'll be learning the offense as soon as possible."

Once Jon got a chance to see the Huskies practice, it probably confirmed what he already thought - there's a chance for playing time. "I was mainly watching the tight ends at practice," he said. "I think I have a good opportunity to play there."

McElroy said Lyon has all the traits you would like to see in a top tight end. "Jon's a great person," he said. "He's an outstanding football player. He's got speed to go out for the ball and can adjust to the ball really well when it's in the air."

Jon gave us an overview of his visit this past weekend. "It went good," he said. "I really like Seattle a lot. Adam Seery was my host. We went to dinner at Salty's. It was very nice. On Saturday we took a little tour around campus, went to a basketball game and then went to see the academic advisors. Saturday night we had a locker room tour and then ate upstairs."

He got an instant feel for how things are at Montlake, and it was that positive vibe that helped Lyon make a fairly quick decision. "I don't think anyone really stood out," he said, referring to the Washington players he met on his visit. "I met a lot of players up there and had a good time. I think I'm going to fit in nicely. I'm excited to get the opportunity to play there. It's going to be a good place for me."

Not even the constant outpouring of liquid sunshine Friday and Saturday could dampen Jon's spirits in regards to his decision. "I grew up in Northern California, so I'm kind of used to lousy weather," he said. "It's not an issue for me at all."

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