June 9, 2011

Lyles on verge of MSU offer?

One of the fastest rising recruits in Michigan this spring is linebacker Jamal Lyles of Southfield-Lathrup High School. SpartanMag.com spoke with the 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect and got the latest details on his recruitment.

Following up on an outstanding junior season in which he racked up 90 tackles on defense and had 325-yards receiving on only 13 catches, Lyles has amassed an impressive list of early scholarship offers. SpartanMag.com asked Lyles about his current scholarships and the teams that are recruiting him the hardest at this point.

"I have offers from Iowa Illinois, Stanford, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Western Michigan, Toledo and Akron," Lyles said. "Vanderbilt, Michigan State and Wisconsin all seem like they are close to offering as well."

Michigan State has been closely evaluating Lyles for quite a while now and he is one of a few select in-state players that could possibly earn a Spartan scholarship this summer. We asked him about his thoughts on Michigan State University.

"I would really like a Michigan State offer, Lyles said. "I like Michigan State a lot, it is a great school. I talk with Coach Brad Salem; he has been by the school twice. I really like him a lot; he is a great person and a good recruiter. They want me to come to their one day camp."

Michigan State is traditionally one of the slowest teams to offer prospects. Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff believe that camp is the best place for them to not only make an accurate assessment of a player, but get to know them personally as well.

In addition to hitting a session of the Spartan Camp, Lyles plans on attending several other functions to help him improve his skills and prepare for his senior season.

"I will be camping with my high school with my teammates. I will try to get out to a couple of one days, if it doesn't interfere with my team schedule. We really gave a great team over at Southfield Lathrup. We have at least 3-4 Division guys this year. We have been producing Division 1 athletes over many years under Coach Thompson."

Lathrup does have a long history of producing quality players. Last year they sent Willie Beavers to Illinois and it is usually a surprise if they do not have a player who ends up playing Division 1 football. Lyles' presence has certainly helped some of his teammates garner more recruiting attention.

As far as what he is looking for in a college destination, Lyles had the following to say.

"I want to good to a school with great tradition and a stable coaching staff," he stated. "I also would like to go to a place where I can possible play early."

Early playing is something that head Coach Mark Dantonio does not promise, but he will play freshmen if he believes they can help the team win. Players such as LeVeon Bell, Darquezze Dennard, Isaiah Lewis, William Gholston and Max Bullough are all example of true freshmen that made an instant impact last year alone.

SpartanMag.com has moved Lyles up the in-state rankings this spring. We believe he could be one of the players that continue to see his stock rise as he gets bigger and stronger. He is currently ranked the #11 prospect in Michigan by Spartanmag.com. Rivals.com current has him listed as an unranked recruit, but that should change in the near future.

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