He also insists that he’s not going to miss many opportunities to develop himself into one of the best quarterbacks in the country.
The 6-0, 210-pound Lyles is in the weight room five days a week while running and throwing six days a week. A typical day has Lyles on the go at 8 a.m., doing a team practice, a team workout and then doing his own individual workout by running his stadium’s concreate steps in the hot Arizona heat before meeting with his speed coach to work on his running form.
“I pretty much go in every single day thinking, ‘what can I do to get better today?’” Lyles told BadgerNation. “I think of all the things people say that I have a lack of, work on it and fix everything that someone has picked me on. People might have said I don’t use my legs as much as last year, or I might not be a dual threat, so I go out every single day and I run.”
Not satisfied with simply conditioning work, Lyles is working with Dan Manucci, a former NFL quarterback with the Buffalo Bills in the late 80s. Needless to say, his offseason has been all football.
“I have a little twitch in my mechanics, so every single week I go to a quarterback coach and try to improve my throws,” said Lyles, who is now ranked a three-star prospect and the No.58 quarterback in the country by Scout.com. “This is probably the best offseason I’ve ever had as a football player. My arm can pretty much go against anybody right now, and I feel like I have all the confidence in the world right now. Going from last year this year has been big. All my preparation has been off the charts.”
The amount of work Lyles has been able to put in this offseason is in large part due to his recruiting process being short and sweet. He committed to Wisconsin in March shortly after the Badgers became his first scholarship offer. His dad, Kevin Lyles, played for the Badgers and his relationship with head coach Paul Chryst made him feel comfortable that he was landing in the right spot.
“Once a week Coach Rudolph will send me some motivation about working hard and that they can’t wait to have me up there,” said Lyles. “All the assistant coaches keep in touch. The tight end coach (Mickey Turner) sends me pictures of what they guys are doing. All the coaches are great. There are no other coaches like the Wisconsin coaches.”
Lyles helped the Sabercats win the division 3 state title last year. He was named first team all-section while completing 71 percent of his passes, throwing for 3,420 yards and 40 touchdowns versus just five interceptions. His school is riding a 28-game winning streak, and Lyles hasn’t lost a game since joining varsity.
“Before I go to Wisconsin, I want to make sure I have an even better year than I had last year,” said Lyles. “You can only do better. I am making sure my guys are still working, still competing and even being better leaders that they have been. I am the captain of my team, so if a guy is down, I’m trying to pick him back up. I am preparing myself for what I would when I am in college, even if a guy is four years older than me. I’m trying to prepare myself for what’s ahead.”
Planning on enrolling early at Wisconsin and rooming with four-star running Antonio Williams, Lyles admits he has plenty of work ahead of him, a grind that has him excited.
“Everything that I have to do to be a successful football player prepares me for the next level,” said Lyles. “When I go to Wisconsin, I want to be in the best shape of my life. Physically I want to be the best I have ever been. I am trying to do everything I possibly can to get there.”