April 15, 2011

Spartans after Southfield linebacker

Last weekend Jamal Lyles of Southfield High School traveled to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to compete in the Badger Sports 7-on-7 tournament. Not only did his team come away with the title, but Lyles was one of the top performing players at the talent packed event. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect and got the latest details on his recruitment.

We asked Lyles about his experience out at the Badger Sports Tournament.

"Visiting Pittsburgh was a great experience to compete against athletes around the nation to see where I stand," Lyles said. "I feel like I competed on every play as did my teammates; that is why we were able to win the championship. We had a great group of guys that just cared about winning. I played very well at wide receiver. I played there to show my versatility. I was named one of the top performers at the camp."

Lyles headed out to Pittsburgh with three scholarship offers in hand, Toledo, Western Michigan and Illinois. His performance out is sure to garner him some additional offers during the May evaluation period. Michigan State has been showing him a lot of interest as of late and we asked him about his thoughts on the Spartans.

"I went to Michigan State last Thursday," he said. "Coach Salem is my recruiter; I talk with him a lot. Michigan State likes me at linebacker. I talked to Coach Dantonio at the practice and he told me he wants me in camp in June, so that is on my schedule of things to do. I like Michigan State's coaches them seem to really like me. Also, they are thin at linebacker which gives me a chance to play early. "

Lyles plans on checking out a few other schools in the near future as well.

"I am going down to Cincinnati next Saturday," he stated. "Hopefully they offer as they seem really interested. I know Montrel Robinson who for them."

SpartanMag.com asked Lyles if there is anything in particular he is looking for in a college when it comes to makes his decision.

"I am looking for a home," he said "I want to be at a place where I can live outside of football. Also a school that will help me reach my full potential on teh filed and off."

As a junior, Lyles played both linebacker and wide receiver for Southfiled High. He finished the season with 90 tackles, 11 tackle for loss, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception. He also had 13 catches for 350 yards on offense.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with Lyles later this spring. We will be covering both the OSU NIKE Camp and Michigan State 1-Day Eliet Camp and will be sure to keep an eye out for this talented in-state prospect.

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