- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Indianapolis Pike quarterback Brent Lyles was thrown in a tough spot last season. When Pike got off to a slow start, Lyles was inserted into the lineup in the place of a senior heading to Purdue.
It was a learning experience for Lyles, though, and he has led Pike to a 5-3 record this season with playoffs upcoming in two weeks.
“I know what to expect in games. The crowds aren’t anything, the Friday Night Lights isn’t anything,” he said. “I knew what to expect coming into games.”
A summer working out with Pike quarterbacks coach Jack Trudeau helped, too. Trudeau was a second-round pick out of Illinois and played 10 NFL seasons. He also spent the summer on the college camp circuit, making stops at Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern and Toledo.
Two programs showing the most interest are Duke and Indiana. Blue Devils graduate assistant Jeff Faris spoke with Lyles not long ago.
“They really want me to come down and he said I’m in the top 100 [of Duke’s 2014 board],” Lyles said.
Indiana also has Lyles on its board, and he hopes he is one of the two 2014 quarterbacks the Hoosiers are looking to sign.
“I like their campus and their facilities,” he said. “They’re academics and weight room and stadium is really first class.”
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