Lyons ready for big senior season

A player that fits into Washington's philosophy of speed on defense is Dorsey (Los Angeles) LB Matthew Lyons, a player with quickness and instincts who loves to play the game. caught up with the talented prospect and he updated us on how his summer went, how fall camp has progressed and what the future may hold...

"Things went well this summer for me and for my team," Lyons told "Ever since I committed to Washington, I've been really focused on things and my future.

"(The commitment) got me focused even better on preparing for my senior year and to get ready for what I have ahead of me up (at Washington) when I get there."

As a junior last fall, 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 a really good team coming back this year and we start on Wednesday against North Hollywood," Dorsey said. "It's the beginning of what should be a good season for us, but like our coaches say, we just need to be focused on the game in front of us and worry about how we prepare and the intensity we bring every week."

Speaking of intensity, Lyons has noted that the Husky coaching staff's intensity is something that drew him to commit to Washington so early in the recruiting process.

"Coach (Demetrice) Martin and the rest of the staff there, they are intense, but they have a great time coaching and you can tell their attitude rubs off on the team and the players," Lyons said. "I haven't talked to them in a while, but I'm actually supposed to talk to coach Martin next week, to talk about things.

"Even though I haven't talked to them a lot, I mean I'm busy, they're busy, I've been following them during the summer online and I talk to recruits all the time.

"Me and DeAnthony Thomas are good friends. His family and my family have been friends for a while and since we both have been recruited, we've gotten a lot closer. I'm working on him every day about committing there. We have fun with it, but I think (Washington) has a good chance with him."

Speaking of Thomas, the talented prospect will be visiting Washington on September 18th for the Huskies' game versus Nebraska and Lyons said he's hoping to make it up for that as well.

"I haven't taken the SAT yet, but I want to get up there for that game, so I'm probably going to take an unofficial then," Lyons noted. "That place will be hyped and there's a lot of great players that will be up there on official visits and I want to be there for that atmosphere."

Lyons is a good student, sporting a reported 3.5 GPA and has signed up to take the SAT in October.

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