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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Lyons ready to work for a spot

By Corey Dowlar

It wasn't so long ago that Tyrell Lyons (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) was on campus at Florida State as a brand new commitment to the Seminoles.

Now, nearly a year after he committed to Florida State, his process has almost come full circle. His official visit this past weekend was the final event before signing and faxing his letter of intent to FSU.

"It was my first official visit ever, so it was really fun," he said. "My official visit was pretty different than the unofficials I have taken. You just do different stuff. Interacting with the other players and how they liked it and talking about how we want to win, I really liked that. Going to Jimbo's house and hanging out with his two sons, that was fun."

New linebackers coach Charles Kelly was one of the highlights of Lyons visit. This was the pair's first opportunity to meet face to face since Greg Hudson's departure for Purdue.

Kelly stressed character as a major expectation of his players, and that was just fine for Lyons.

"I talked to him a little bit," Lyons said. "I think our relationship is going to get better and better every time we see each other and talk to each other. He talked to me about the intangibles and character. Character means a lot in a lot of aspects. It is who you are and what you are. That is a good thing. You have to have great character and good knowledge."

Mario Edwards Sr. gave all the visitors a pep talk on preparing themselves for the next level. While it can be overwhelming at first, just a couple of quick things can make the process a lot easier.

"We all had a really good time," Lyons said." We were just observing everything you can do there. Mario Edwards Sr., he told us all about it and how it goes by quickly. He just talked to us about getting prepared before we get there so it won't be as hard."

National signing day is right around the corner. And right after that, Lyons will be arriving on campus as a full-fledged member of the team.

He can't wait to realize it, but knows that with his opportunity comes responsibility.

"I am pretty excited to get started," Lyons said. "I will be really happy when I get here. I know that I am going to have to work to get my position. I am going to have to work really hard, but at the same time, I like to work hard. I am ready to get to work."