Wide receiver/defensive back Devon Lyons from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills has made a name for himself over the past two seasons and has become a hot commodity for college recruiters. Rated the No. 13 safety in the country by Rivals.com, the No. 14 overall prospect in the Pennsylvania Top 50, and No. 38 on the Atlantic East Amazing 80 list, more than 20 schools have already contacted him this month, but he has already begun to narrow his choices.
Standing 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, with a 4.45 forty-yard dash time, Lyons currently boasts 28 scholarship offers. Only six, however, have made the cut for his services. Notre Dame, Pitt, Miami, Penn State, Michigan State, and Ohio State are all still in the running, and he explained why.
Notre Dame: “Coach Willingham is different. He is smart, articulate, and knows what he is doing. There are definitely good years ahead. He is building a program there.”
Pitt: “It is near home, and I know the coaches and players. I feel like I am at home.”
Miami: “That is the only place I haven’t been. Everybody says it is beautiful and the coaches are nice. I plan to take a visit there.”
Penn State: “Coach Paterno and Coach Bradley, my recruiter, are really funny. They are not too great now, but they are building for next year. They have a decent recruiting class already. I went there and it was nicer than I expected.”
Ohio State: “They were one of the first ones to offer. I went to the spring game, and I have been there a lot. It is almost like home.”
Michigan State: “Their campus is really nice. Coach Smith is serious about turning the program around. If I play receiver, they pass all the time, and they want me as a receiver.”
Lyons attended the Notre Dame - Michigan State game last weekend and had a very enjoyable experience, but not good enough to make a commitment. He is still working on setting other visits and has yet to set any dates. He watched the Pitt - Kent State game unofficially, and wants to wrap up his official visits at Michigan State (versus Michigan), Ohio State, Penn State, and Miami, although he hasn’t set dates.
Devon is a two-way starter at defensive back and wide receiver, and totaled five interceptions as a junior and two as a sophomore. During the first three games this season he has shown his explosiveness on offense by recording nine catches for 303 yards and six touchdowns. He has also added 24 tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
He is a 3.5 GPA student with a 1,030 on the SAT and wants to major in engineering.