Southfield (Mich.) Lathrup linebacker Jamal Lyles holds three scholarship offers, but he is not resting on his laurels. The 6-4, 215-pound prospect is making the camp rounds this spring and is doing whatever he can to get noticed by college coaches.
"I like to play wide receiver at camps because at 7-on-7's receivers are the ones who make the big plays," Lyles said. "I like to make plays at receiver because that's how you get noticed at camps."
Lyles' play as a junior has been noticed by Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan - teams that have already extended scholarship offers. At Illinois he is being recruited by assistant coach Keith Gilmore.
"I was excited to get that offer because it was my first offer from a Big Ten school," Lyles said. "They offered my teammate, Willie Beavers, and they liked me too so they offered both of us."
Beavers signed with the Illini as a defensive tackle in the class of 2011. He has been singing their praises to his junior teammate ever since.
"He likes it a lot and said all the coaches are good people," Lyles said. "When they talk to you they are real with their approach to get you down there. I haven't gotten down there yet, but I will probably get down there in the summer."
Interest continues to pour in for Lyles, and the attention could jump to another level once the Spring Evaluation Period kicks off later this week. A couple more Big Ten schools are showing strong interest and will host Lyles on campus this summer.
"I am going to Michigan State's and Penn State's one-day camps," Lyles said. "Michigan State likes me a lot and I talked to all their coaches all the time. At Penn State I talk to Coach [Ron] VanderLinden."
This fall, Lyles will line up as a quarterback and middle linebacker for Lathrup. He played those positions as a junior, as well as wide receiver, and finished with 90 tackles, 11 tackle for loss, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception for a touchdown on defense to go along with 13 catches for 350 yards on offense.
"Most teams are talking SAM linebacker," Lyles said. "Others want to bring me in more as an athlete and see how my body fills out."