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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Lyons gets a sneak peek at FSU practice

By Corey Dowlar

Florida State 2013 signee Tyrell Lyons (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) dropped into Tallahassee last week to check out his future coaches and team on the practice fields.

This was a little different than practices he's been to in the past. A lot of that is due to the new man in charge on defense, Jeremy Pruitt.

"It was good," said Lyons. "I just met Coach Pruitt. He is a good coach and I like him."

Not that the atmosphere before was relaxed, but this new group of coaches have raised the bar somewhat. And Lyons could tell.

But that's not a deterrent. He views it as a chance to get better.

"It's definitely intense," Lyons said. "There isn't any playing around. I like that.

"It raises my level of play, and it makes me get better. It makes you try harder at everything."

At the linebacker spot, the Seminoles have brought in a new face, too. Charles Kelly is in from Georgia Tech, and Lyons made it a point to seek him out and get to know the new segment leader better.

"He's a guy that is very cool," he said. "These new coaches, they have the same attributes. They are going to tell you how it is and get on you if you are doing it wrong. They aren't going to sit back, they are going to make sure you are doing it right. That's what we want."

Lyons couldn't help but think about getting out on the practice fields himself. That time will come soon enough.

In the meantime, he'll continue to look forward to his college career starting next summer when he reports to campus.

"I am very excited," he said. "I would be happy if I had graduated early, but that didn't work out. But yeah, I am excited."

ESPN rated Lyons as a four-star prospect during last year's cycle. He chose the Seminoles over Clemson, Miami, North Carolina and South Carolina.