Commitment Date: 3/15/15
Commitment in the Class: 1st
Accolades: Rated the No.1 quarterback in Arizona, No.13 in the West and No.59 in the country ... led Saguaro to back-to-back state championships as a junior (Division III) and senior (Division II) ... all-state by Arizona Football Coaches Association as a junior ... named AIA first-team All-Section (all divisions) as a junior and senior ... team MVP and team captain as a senior ... completed 70.5 percent of his passes during two-year varsity career, throwing for 6,981 yards, 87 touchdowns and 11 interceptions ... posted a completion percentage of 71.1 while racking up 3,420 yards and 40 touchdowns as a junior ... threw for 3,561 yards and 47 TDs while completing 70.1 percent of his passes as a senior ... has a brother, Kayden, who is a four-star offensive lineman committed to Wisconsin ... father, Kevin, played quarterback and tight end at Wisconsin from 1993-96.
Recruiting Story: When the recruiting process first started for Lyles with mailings and colleges talking to his coach, there was only one school he wanted to hear from. With his dad having played for the Badgers and his mom getting her doctorate from the school in nursing, Lyles wanted to be a Badger. So when Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph started showing interest, the Lyles – already heading for Wisconsin in March to visit family and friends – decided to stop by the University for an unofficial visit.
“They are very impressed with my film,” Lyles said at the time. “I talked to Coach Rudolph and he said they are very excited in seeing me. I can’t wait to visit.”
“I love the education, tradition, offense and location of Wisconsin,” he added. “I remember watching games when I was younger in Camp Randall. The atmosphere and fan base are amazing. I’m very excited to meet Coach Chryst. I watched the documentary with Russell Wilson a couple years ago and he seems like a player’s coach.”
Shortly after arriving on the visit, Lyles was offered by Wisconsin. It was his first offer but in reality the only one that mattered. Somehow resisting the urge to commit for three days, Lyles fulfilled his dream and committed.
Why Wisconsin? “I loved the coaching staff. They were awesome, loved the facilities, the atmosphere and just the feeling of coming back home to play.”
Scouting Report: 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 as a junior (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’s Arizona recruiting analyst Jason Jewell.
Coach’s Quote: “From the first time I met him, I liked his demeanor and I certainly liked him on film as a quarterback. Sometimes when you watch film, especially the quarterback position, you ask yourself, 'Do they play the game?' Nowadays, you get so many robotic products of camps and coaching specialists and whatnot. But I felt like he had a sense of the game and competed. He has what we think is enough arm talent and physical talents that he can be successful.
“And the more you get to be around him, the more you talk to him, he's got a passion for the game and a desire to work where he will allow himself to maximize this opportunity. I've said it before, he's a fit for this place.” – Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst
BadgerNation Prediction: While some kids would sit back and relax after an early commitment, Lyles said he was in the weight room five days a week over the summer 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. There’s a reason why every coach that has come into contact with him has touted his work ethic.
It’s part of the reason why Lyles enrolled early at Wisconsin for spring practices. While he unfortunately wasn’t able to participate due to a hip injury, Lyles has a bright future ahead of him, starting with attacking his upcoming redshirt season.