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UM staff pushing for 4-star local DT Lyons

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2022 Homestead (FL) 4-star DT Daniel Lyons was out at the Under Armour Miami Camp this past weekend and spoke on how he performed overall at the event.

“It was straight. Camps are different – when you put on them pads, you can do whatever you want. It’s ‘grown man’ ball then,” Lyons said. “These camps you can hardly do what you want. As a D-Lineman, we like to put our hands on people, bull rush. There’s a lot more rules (here).”

Of course, Lyons has long been a recruiting target of the local Miami Hurricanes, having held a UM offer for nearly two years at this point. Now that 2022 is officially the main cycle, Lyons says the Canes’ staff has ramped things up even more.

“They’re coming at me hard - coach (Jess) Simpson, coach (Pop) Cooney, coach (Manny) Diaz,” Lyons said. “They’re ready for me to come and stay home. I’ve been thinking about [committing], but just give me time - I’m not trying to make a decision until my senior year.”

According to the Homestead star, the Hurricanes are a key contender in Lyons’ recruitment because of the hometown nature of the program, as well as UM’s defensive system.

“I like everything (about Miami). That’s the crib, I get to put on for my city,” Lyons said. “I used to go to the games all the time. Their defense is nice. Their D-Line is dominant, fast, everything. It’s a great school.”

The 6’4” 270-pound prospect has also been a frequent visitor to Miami’s campus over the years, stopping in for summer camps, Paradise Camp, and Junior Days multiple times.

“I’ve just been there a lot of times. The campus is a vibe, there’s plenty of people I grew up with that are there,” Lyons said.

One person that Lyons knows well and is about to step on Miami’s campus is 2021 Miami Palmetto DT Leonard Taylor, who signed with the Canes in December and is set to enroll at UM this summer.

“That’s my dog. He talks to me about Miami, we just worked out recently,” Lyons said of Taylor. “He’s looking dominant.”

In terms of the rest of his recruitment, Lyons has plenty of options all around the country, and he’s slowly working through which programs might suit him the best.

“The Gators, FSU, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Ole Miss – a lot of schools are coming at me,” Lyons said. “I’ll do a top group during the season, wait a little bit and see who’s still messing with me.”

Of UF, Lyons mentioned that his main contact is DL coach David Turner, and the two have built a strong relationship.

“I talk to him all the time,” Lyons said of Turner. “He’s a good man.”

What does Lyons think he’ll be looking for in a school when he is ready to decide?

“When I’m going to be able to play, the culture, the relationship with the coach, if we have a great bond – everything really, everything about the school,” he said.

As a junior in 2020, Lyons recorded 34 tackles, 10 TFL, 5 sack, and 2 FF in 6 games, but said he wasn’t satisfied with his play and that he is looking to take his game to another level as a senior.

“I’m going to come back harder. I feel like last year wasn’t really it. I dominated, but I could’ve done more. It was a short offseason so I didn’t get to my full potential. I’m trying to dominate (senior year), get bigger, stronger, faster.”

 

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Put this young man inside next to Taylor and we will have our best DT duo since Maryland and Kennedy. I know that is a crazy comparison but it wasn’t when Tez and Maryland came to UM.
He reminds me of William Joseph. Tall but can move and is a better athlete than the guard/center that he is lined up against.
 

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We land Lyons, tarbor, and Cleveland after last year's class....... that's definitely trending in the right direction. Pair them with 3 stud pass rushers and landing even slightly above average corners and we have a monster of a defense
 
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Put this young man inside next to Taylor and we will have our best DT duo since Maryland and Kennedy. I know that is a crazy comparison but it wasn’t when Tez and Maryland came to UM.
He reminds me of William Joseph. Tall but can move and is a better athlete than the guard/center that he is lined up against.
Even better than Sapp-Riley or Wilfork-Harris???
 

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There is no more important recruit. If you believe we have one, you’re misinformed. He is a five star. Whatever you read or see that’s less on a recruiting website, is woefully incorrect.
 
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Even better than Sapp-Riley or Wilfork-Harris???
Sapp-Riley is a great comp as is Wilfork-Harris.
I was trying to remember who played next to Wilfork his sophomore and junior seasons and couldn’t recall Harris.
If Riley doesn’t get hurt during the Pitt game I think UM beats Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
 

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Kid looks damn good. Full court press and get him onboard. Do whatever it takes.

This Class of 2022 is so key to our future. Must build on the success of the '21 class in order to take the next step. Focus on blue chip LB, OL and CB please.
 

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This is all about Anderson. We don’t have room for him. He would be like number 10 on our DE board. Not enough slots in the class to take Anderson just to get Lyons.

when FSU loses 7 games and Lyons sees his other options if he is willing to part from Anderson things may change.
 

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This is all about Anderson. We don’t have room for him. He would be like number 10 on our DE board. Not enough slots in the class to take Anderson just to get Lyons.

when FSU loses 7 games and Lyons sees his other options if he is willing to part from Anderson things may change.


They aren’t taking Anderson either so not sure about that.
 
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