May 14, 2011

Seven offers for LB Lyles

Linebacker Jamal Lyles is emerging as one of the top prospects in the state of Michigan and his offer list continues to grow.

While Lyles, a Class of 2012 linebacker from Southfield (Mich.) Lathrup, hasn't visited any colleges, plenty of schools have been by to visit him.

Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Stanford, Vanderbilt and a good number of schools from the MAC have sent assistant coaches by Lathrup to get a glimpse of Lyles and express interest to his coaching staff.

Lyles currently has seven verbal offers, from Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Toledo and Western Michigan.

What does the future hold for Lyles?

"As a team we're going to do some 7-on-7s at schools so I'll be at a couple of those. Individually I probably won't be able to get out anywhere because of my role with our team," Lyles said.

"I might make a decision before the season or I'll make a decision two weeks after the season."

Lyles said he hasn't narrowed his list down at all. He will do that over the summer but for now he's focused on his academic commitments while taking everything else in.

"Wisconsin's supposed to call me soon," Lyles said. "They just left the school recently and I think they're pretty close to offering.

"Michigan State, I talk to them a lot. I talk to Michigan and they want me to come camp. Penn State, too. They came to the school recently."

Every school recruited the 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect is recruiting him as an outside linebacker.

"I'm going to be looking for a family atmosphere and a school with great tradition. I want to find a place I can live my life without football. Location doesn't matter because even if I'm 45 minutes from home I'm still not going to be at home," he concluded.

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