Lyons excited by Husky offer

He put up huge numbers last season and this coming fall he will be counted on to be a leader yet again, but Dorsey (Los Angeles) LB Matthew Lyons doesn't feel the pressure to perform. He's a young man with a good head on his shoulders and after hauling in an offer from the Dawgs on Thursday he spoke about recruiting and his top schools...

Last season, Lyons posted 135 tackles, six fumble recoveries, three sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a touchdown for a team that went 9-4 and is poised to be even better in 2010.

"We have up to eight guys who could be D-1 this year and some younger guys who will also be D-1 players down the road," Dorsey assistant Ivan Stevenson told Thursday evening. "We do it up right here and Matthew is a guy we count on to be a leader."

Lyons plays linebacker for the Dons and when the Huskies extended him an offer on Thursday they told him they could see him playing almost anywhere for them on the defensive side of the ball.

"They said they like me at linebacker, but I could play strong safety or a rover position for them," Lyons said. "They like my aggressiveness and how I play football and they really liked the way I rushed the quarterback so they said I could even play the 'LEO' position like Clay Matthews."

Getting his first offer out of the way was huge for Lyons and he said that has vaulted the Dawgs right to the top of his list of schools.

"Washington is right up there," Lyons said. "I mean, I liked them already and feel they are a great program. I know a couple of guys who are headed up there to play football next year (Sean Parker and Gregory Ducre) and I know they signed a really good class this year and those are guys I would be playing with if I decided to go there.

"Besides Washington, UCLA is one of the schools that seems close to offering and Arizona and Arizona State are close too.

"I don't really have a list of favorites right now, but those four are probably at the top right now."

Besides getting it done on the field, Lyons also gets it done in the classroom, posting a 3.5 GPA.

"He's a great student and we want people to know that about him," Stevenson said. "We run a great program here and we make sure our guys are doing it in both areas so they can go on and live their dreams and Matthew is a great example of that."

As far as an early decision, Lyons said he'd like to go through the whole process, but he didn't rule out making a decision before his senior season begins.

"We don't like to make schools wait so they don't look at other players," Stevenson said. "We've had some of our guys miss out on offers because schools were waiting on a player to decide, so we don't like to have our guys do that, but right now I think Matt will go through the whole process."

"I'd like to visit a few schools for sure," Lyons said. "I'm planning to go up (to Washington) for spring ball to watch them and then I'll go up for two of their camps.

"I'll go to the 'Rising Stars' camp up there and then I'll go up with some of my teammates who are also looking at them."

We'll have more on Lyons in the near future as we get closer to spring football starting and we'll update news as it breaks.

Matthew Lyons Scout Profile Top Stories