Early Leaders

The younger brother of a Pennsylvania football star has made a big name for himself in his own right, and has numerous scholarship offers already as he prepares for his senior season.

Woodland Hills' Wesley Lyons, the brother of former Wolverine star Devon Lyons, isn't just riding on his older brother's coattails. Wes has interest from an impressive list of schools, including West Virginia, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Boston College, Iowa and Kansas, all of which are interested in him as a wide receiver.

Lyons recorded 33 catches for 600 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior, and figures to better those numbers during his final scholastic season. At six feet, six inches and 200 pounds, he is a big target that could excel as an outside downfield receiver, and his 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash doesn't hurt any either. He has the physical size and strength to go up and take the ball away from defenders, and his time as a safety for Woodland Hills has also helped him with his ball skills.

Lyons has already begun his recruiting trips, having taken unofficial visits to West Virginia and Miami (Fla.) this spring. He also took in a pair of games at WVU last fall, and is impressed with the Mountaineer program.

"I love the coaches there," Lyons said of the West Virginia staff. "They have a sense of humor, and are really nice to be around. They're just cool. I also like the campus and the fans. They get loud and crazy in there, and it was fun to watch."

With those comments, it's not hard to figure out that Lyons has WVU among his top schools at the moment.

"West Virginia, Miami and Ohio State are my top three," Lyons said of the schools that have stood out early. "I'll probably wait and take all of my visits this year before I make a decision, because I want to be sure I have all the facts and make the right choice."

That approach probably comes from the experience Wes gained while watching and accompanying his older brother on the recruiting trail. Devon Lyons was a highly recruited player during his senior season of 2003 who earned raves for his play at both defensive back and wide receiver. After signing with Ohio State, Lyons played in 11 games at wideout for the Buckeyes last year, recording two catches for 15 yards.

Wes had the benefit of seeing what the recruiting process was like for his brother, and as a result feels more comfortable with the process now that it's his turn.

"I went on all of my brother's visits but one," Wes said. " I got a head start on it, and met a lot of coaches. I got to find out what I liked and what I didn't."

Lyons, who figures to have no trouble qualifying, plans to attend the Nike Camp at Penn State. He is running track this spring, and competes in the 200-meters as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams for Woodland Hills. However, football is always on his mind, even during the middle of track season.

"I run track, but then I work out for football every day," Lyons noted. "I do that year-round."

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