July 12, 2010

Rivals100 DB visits T-Town

Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Dillard safety Wayne Lyons has amassed one of the tallest stacks of offers in the nation with almost 50 Division-I scholarship offers to date. To try and help sort through some of those options, Lyons recently embarked on a road trip around the South that allowed him a closer look at a few of the schools currently recruiting him.

"I just got back from a long road trip. I've been gone for more than a week," Lyons said. "We saw Florida State, LSU and Ole Miss then we went to Alabama for the 7-on-7 tournament and then hit Florida on the way home. It was a lot to take in but it was a really good experience."

The 6-foot, 190-pound defensive back was among the top performers at the recent 7-on-7 championship event held in Tuscaloosa.

"The tournament went great for us. We ended up winning the whole event, which was really cool. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see as much of the campus as I wanted to because we didn't really end up having any time for a full tour. We were mainly focused on the tournament the whole time we were there."

While Lyons said he still has a lot to learn about the Tide, he does know that the Alabama name carries with it a reputation of championships.

"Alabama is going to be tough to beat over the next few years. They've got a great tradition and I think it's about to get even better. They are going to win another title here in the next few years I think."

While Lyons isn't ready to trim his list down just yet, he does have a handful of schools that currently stand out above the rest, though that could change depending on future visits according to Lyons.

"I really don't want to take anyone out of the running at this point but the ones that are standing out early are LSU, Florida, Florida State, Miami, UCLA, Nebraska and Notre Dame. There are a lot of other schools I'm still interested in too but I need to learn more about them before I would put them up there with those schools. For Alabama, I feel like I need to come back and see the campus properly and meet the coaches before I could really feel comfortable saying I know what the program is all about."

The Rivals100 member said that while a number of factors will come into play in his decision, the most important factor will be his comfort level with the campus.

"The most important thing to me is the gut feeling I get being around the program and around the campus. It's going to be my home for the next four years so feeling comfortable at a school is really important to me."

"I don't have anything else planned for the summer. I'll just be practicing with my team and getting ready for a great senior season."

Lyons is rated the No. 4 safety prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and the No. 85 overall prospect in the nation.

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