Phil Kornblut

January 28, 2013

LB change at FSU led Lyons to look around

LB Tyrell Lyons is shaky with FSU commitment due to LB coaching change.

If it weren't for a Spanish class, LB Tyrell Lyons of Jacksonville, FL would be enrolled at Florida State right now. According to his coach at First Coast High School Marty Lee, Lyons, who had committed to the Seminoles in February, wanted to enroll at mid-term but needed one more semester of Spanish, so he had to return to the high school for the spring.

That, and the change of linebacker coaches at Florida State, gave USC a chance to move in on Lyons and get in the picture. Lyons visited USC over the weekend. "Coach Spurrier Jr. does a great job recruiting our area," coach Lee said. "Florida State was one of the first schools to get on him. The previous linebackers coach, he wasn't close to. The new linebackers coach (at FSU) has made a difference."

Lee expects to see Lyons Monday afternoon to get an update on his thinking. Last season Lee had 63 tackles with 5 sacks. "There's a lot of upside to him," his coach said. "He can play in the open field and play inside. His motor runs 100%."

Lee also was offered by Clemson, Miami, Louisville and North Carolina.

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