With recruiting, a common factor recruits look for in a school is being comfortable. Scottsdale (AZ) Saguaro sophomore offensive guard Kayden Lyles is no different and a team that is feeling that comfort level for him is Wisconsin.
The Badgers have strong connections by his father, Kevin Lyles, playing in Madison from 1993-96 and his older brother, Kare Lyles, currently committed for their 2016 class. Even with those ties and originally growing up in Wisconsin before moving, his visit to Madison this past weekend made him feel more at home.
“The visit was great as usual,” Lyles told BadgerNation. “The coaches are really cool. They made it feel like home. I got to see a couple of other recruits and got to hang around them for a bit. It just felt like home. I felt like I could be loose around the coaches. We could joke around and laugh without it feeling awkward.”
The 6-3, 300-pound Lyles is already an early four-star recruit by Scout.com and has already racked up several offers in his recruitment, but the Badgers coaches let him know he would be very welcomed if he decided to join the family.
“It’s all a part of their recruiting (with the Badger coaches trying to get him to commit), but I’m still pretty open to everyone else,” said Lyles. “I was always interested in Wisconsin and this visit just added on to it.”
Despite a cold windy day, many Badgers fans came out to support the team and just like the coaches, Lyles thought it was impressive to see them out in full force.
“(The fans), just that they’re awesome and treat me well,” said Lyles. “The coaches are great and cool people, too.”