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Ohio State, WVU vying for Lyons

Kevin Gorman
| Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006

Ohio State and West Virginia are emerging as the finalists for Woodland Hills receiver Wes Lyons, and both programs are trying to capitalize on impressive BCS bowl performances and projected top-5 rankings.

Lyons attended the Fiesta Bowl to watch Ohio State, where his brother, Devon, is a redshirt safety for the Buckeyes. WVU receivers coach Butch Jones made a home visit on Thursday, where he watched the 6-foot-6, 214-pound Lyons work out.

"It's going to come down to where I feel comfortable," Lyons said. "Ohio State, my brother's up there. I like coach (Jim) Tressel. I think he's a good head coach. I know all the players, and everyone's real friendly. I like the tradition up there.

"West Virginia, I like the opportunity to play early. I like all the coaches. When I was there for my official visit, I had a good time." Lyons stopped short of saying that Boston College and Miami have been eliminated, but the firing of assistant coach Art Kehoe doesn't help the Hurricanes' chances, and the Eagles were a longshot from the start.

Although West Virginia has long been thought to be the leader, Lyons said his brother's presence at Ohio State will have an impact on his decision - which could come later this month.

"I think there's a push," Lyons said. "That would be real convenient. I feel comfortable there, too."

  • South Park star Tyler Scruggs has made it clear to recruiters that he wants to play football and baseball in college. Now, it's up to a pair of Big East baseball programs to decide if they are willing to offer.

    "I'm still waiting on Villanova," said Scruggs, a 6-foot-1, 225-pounder who was a member of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Terrific 25 football team and its Player of the Year in baseball. "They want me to do two sports. They came to visit right before our break and took film back.

    "If West Virginia would let me do both, I would probably go there. I want to go to a 'baseball school' so in case something falls through, I can concentrate on baseball."

    Scruggs, a catcher, is projected as an early-round pick in baseball's amateur draft.

  • Penn State picked up a pair of highly rated recruits when Maryland cornerback A.J. Wallace (6-1, 195) and New York defensive end Maurice Evans (6-3, 250) announced their verbal commitments to the Nittany Lions during Saturday's telecast of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

  • Sto-Rox's Alex DiMichele is receiving strong interest from Colgate, which wants him as a fullback, and Duquesne, which is recruiting him as a linebacker.

    The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder, however, really would like to walk-on at Penn State. His brother, Adam, signed with the Nittany Lions two years ago but ultimately decided to concentrate on baseball.

  • Kiski Area's Mychal Skinner was scheduled to visit Robert Morris this past weekend and Howard on Jan. 13 but also is receiving interest from Mid-American Conference schools Eastern Michigan and Toledo.

    Howard wants Skinner as a quarterback. The others are interested in him as a safety. Skinner is in the process of trying to improve his grades and SAT.

    "That's the big holdup right now," he said.

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