Committed Over: Scottsdale (AZ) Saguaro quarterback Kare Lyles committed to Wisconsin only a few days after the Badgers gave him his first scholarship offer. He said Kansas, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State and Rutgers were also showing strong interest.
Rated: Lyles is currently not ranked by Scout.com, but is projected to be a three-star prospect when the rankings are updated.
On Film: There is a lot to like about Lyles. He is a tremendous student and I think that translates to the football field. He makes smart decisions and throws. His completion percentage (71 percent) is crazy and his touchdown to interception ratio is outstanding (40:5).His arm strength is something that also stands out on film. He consistently completes passes that travel 45+ yards in the air. Lyles throws a nice ball and has a quick release. Lyles is a pocket passer that is athletic enough to extend plays when pass protection breaks down. If there is a knock on Lyles, is he doesn't have ideal pocket passer height. The bottom line is Lyles is a proven winner and his high school head coach raves about his leadership qualities. Two traits you want in your quarterback. – Scout Arizona recruiting analyst Jason Jewell.
Recruiting Impact: It’s hard to judge the ripple effect of Wisconsin grabbing a commitment out of Arizona because of the family ties to the school. Lyles’ father, Kevin, played at Wisconsin from 1993-96, won a Rose Bowl at the school in 1994 and was teammates with current offensive line coach Joe Rudolph. Getting recruited by Wisconsin was very personal for Kare and his family, so how that impacts other Arizona prospects seeing a kid go to Wisconsin is unknown.
Where this could make a major impact is in 2017 with Kare’s younger brother, Kayden Lyles. Already an early four-star recruit, Kayden holds double digits offers, including Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC. UW needs to rebuild its offensive line depth and Kayden would be a huge score.
Quotable: "First, Kare is a great kid with a magnetic personality. He is an extremely hard worker on and off the field and is a tremendous leader. As far as his ability, he has a big time arm and can make every throw on the field. He has great pocket awareness and a very quick release. I think he makes good decisions with the football and completes passes at a high percentage." – High School head coach Jason Mohns.
Final Thought: In the last two recruiting classes, Wisconsin has locked up the quarterback – arguably the most important piece of the offense – long before national signing day. There’s no discounting how huge that is for a coaching staff to build around. Throwing for 3,420 yards this past season in guiding Saguaro to a state championship, Kare Lyles is a winner and a solid addition to Wisconsin’s recruiting class.