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First Coast ATH Tyrell Lyons chooses FSU

2/25/2012

First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.) athlete Tyrell Lyons made a verbal commitment to Florida State on Saturday after attending the school's junior day.

The 6-foot-2, 218-pound junior has played both safety and linebacker for First Coast and could play either at the next level.

"Even the coaches aren't really sure what they want me to play because I'm so versatile," Lyons said. "I have the size of linebacker and I hit like a safety but I can also cover the field well."

Florida State has had plenty of success with commitments from the Jacksonville high school over the last few years. Jermaine Thomas, Avis Commack and Derrick Mitchell are all former First Coast players.

Linebacker Reggie Northrup is a member of FSU's class of 2012 and he was a big influence on Lyons.

"Reggie was always trying to get me to visit because he knew I would love the atmosphere and the school," Lyons added. "And he was right because it's beautiful here."

Lyons' primary recruiter has been FSU wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey but he talked to the full coaching staff Saturday.

"I talked to every coach in the program I think," Lyons joked. "I had a great conversation with Coach [Jimbo] Fisher and he expressed how much they wanted me to be part of the program.

"Coach Dawsey and I always had a great relationship because he's real honest and straight forward with me."

Lyons says he expects to return for the spring game in April.

"I am going to try to get up here as much as possible because I'm proud to be a 'Nole," Lyons added.

Lyons said he recently received an offer from Ohio State and had other offers from South Carolina, Miami, UCF, Ole Miss and North Carolina.