Hauling the Mail

One of the best defenders in Florida and one of the hottest recruits in the nation, safety Wayne Lyons has already collected well over two dozen offers, including one from the University of Wisconsin.

MADISON - Players are being recruited earlier and earlier and one example is Wayne Lyons. The junior from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL, has seen the offers flow into his mailbox.

Lyons has already collected about 25 offers from programs all over the country.

With all of those offers, Lyons has not been able to narrow it down, but he does know what he is looking for in a program.

"A good academic base," Lyons said to Badger Nation. "The playing time. Like how early I can play and how much depth at the position they have. Just a college that shows they have a good program."

One school that has offered is Wisconsin.

Coach Partridge has been recruiting Florida very well for the Badgers and is leading the recruitment for the talented safety.

"The coach came to the school twice the past two weeks to talk to me," Lyons said. "He got a chance to meet my mom and everything. He is real interested in me."

Coach Partridge has started to make an impression on Lyons and made him think more about the Badgers.

"He is a good person," Lyons said. "It's a really good program. He opened the lights for me. The games have been selling out for I don't know how many years. He told me that. That's one thing I like about it. Also, I have a good chance to play earlier out there.

"I'm definitely interested in Wisconsin."

The 6-foot, 190-pound safety runs a 4.48 40-yard dash and had impressive numbers last season at Dillard.

Lyons recorded 75 tackles, 21 tackles-for-loss, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and one touchdown.

He is trying to figure out where he is going to go this spring.

"That's what I'm going to talk to my mom about," Lyons explained. "Florida State wants me to go up there. I have to figure out what Junior Days I want to go to."

While he mentioned Florida State wanting him to visit for their Junior Day, it was another Florida program that was present in his house as a kid.

"Growing up, it was Florida, cause of my mom, she went there," Lyons said. "That's where my sister goes right now. It's like the whole household."

With all the offers Lyons has a difficult decision, but he wants to take his time and has a plan for when he will end his recruitment.

"I'm going to make my decision my senior year after I talk all my visits," Lyons said.


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