Watching the Rebel Bowl (Byrnes spring game) a little over a week ago one player who really caught our eye was 2014 safety Tyreik Lyles. The 6'1 182 pound prospect had that extra swagger and confidence about him on the field and it was apparent. After contacting Lyles we were not surprised to learn that he already holds quite a few early scholarship offers, that's why he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com.
Tyreik Lyles may be flying under the proverbial radar currently with most big time schools but that should change rather quickly with the exposure he'll start to receive soon.
College coaches have been by Byrnes to check out a number of prospects who already have their names firmly entrenched on the recruiting radar but Lyles has come as a surprise and he's happy that schools are taking note of his talents. He told us what coaches are saying they like most about his play on the field.
Right now Lyles says he is being recruited by most college coaches at safety and outside linebacker. Last season he earned All-Conference honors in what many regard as the toughest region in the entire state.
Lyles is hearing from a number of schools and shared that list along with his list of offers.
"I have offers from Air Force, Catawba, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, and Toledo."
There are some other schools out there that Lyles would like to hear more from in the near future too.
"I'd like to hear any schools that want to recruit me but especially from Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Louisville, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Charleston Southern, Air Force, Gardner Webb, Eastern Michigan, Georgia Southern, and The Citadel."
"Most college coaches say they love my physicality on the field."
The 2014 prospect says although he's getting looked at for safety and outside linebacker he'd like to stay at either safety position on the next level if at all possible.
His brand of physical football matched with 4.45 speed has caught the eye of many regional college coaches and this analyst. His upside is something that simply can not be denied. Pair that with an equally as impressive showing in the class room and it's easy to see why we feel he'll be hearing from more larger schools in the very near future.
"I have a 4.31 overall GPA and a 3.568 core GPA. I won highest GPA last season."
The 2014 prospect has the speed to match the grades as well with a 4.45 40 yard dash time.
Looking ahead to next year Lyles talked about what he'd like to improve upon to get even better. He also talked about what his goals are for the Rebels as a team next year.
"I would just like to improve my technique on the field overall for next season. I feel that if I'm aligned correctly on the field then I'm able to make the plays that I need to make. I want to get better every week and do everything I can to better my team."
"My goals for the team next year are for us to just stay together and play the game as a team and not as individuals. If we work together I feel that we will have a great team and that we will go a long way."
Looking ahead to the future Lyles shared with us what he'll take into consideration when deciding on a college destination.
"The most important factor to me when it comes to choosing a school is that I receive a great education. I'm looking for a school that will benefit my future. I also want to go to a school where I will feel comfortable too."
Don't expect an early decision from Lyles though.
"I don't want to commit to a school this early. I want to wait and gather as much info before I make a decision."
After the conclusion of this interview Lyles called to inform us that Liberty offered him Friday.