Top Target: Nate Lyles

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Virginia Special Teams Coach Corwin Brown has done an excellent job recruiting the Chicago area. A native of Chicago, he has been able to make serious headway for the Cavaliers on one of the top defensive backs in the state of Illinois.

Nate Lyles , a 6-1, 195 pound safety prospect from Hubbard High School in Chicago, IL, will make an official visit to Virginia.

“Virginia was probably one of the very first schools to recruit me my junior year,” said Lyles. “I have a connection with my recruiting coach from there, Corwin Brown. He’s from Chicago so we have a lot of conversation about that. I’ve spoken with Coach Groh and Coach Price as well.

“I had an official visit set up to Virginia for November 29th, but I don’t think I can make it. I have to reschedule. I will visit Virginia though.”

In addition to Virginia, Lyles has received official offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Northwestern. He’s not sure when he will decide, however feels it will be before February of 2004.

“I don’t think I’ll wait that long,” said Lyles. “I’m still open and I’m not sure who else I will visit yet. Right now, I’m concentrating on my season and not thinking about it too much.”

Academics is one of the most important things for Lyles, who wants to major in Psychology. Location does not seem to be much of an issue.

“I’m looking for a different experience in college from what I have here,” said Lyles. “That’s why it doesn’t matter where I go. Of course I want to go where I’m most comfortable. I’m looking for a school that has good academic crudentials in the field I want to study – Psychology. I want to go to a good football program too.”

Most schools are recruiting Lyles as a cornerback. Virginia likes him as a free or strong safety. He is known for making big hits from the safety position.

Lyles is a very well rounded prospect, academically and athletically, who would be an excellent addition to any program.


On the Gridiron

With some of the top talent in the Chicago area, Hubbard is off to a 6-0 start this season. The defense, led by Lyles, linebacker (and Oklahoma commitment) Chris Patterson, and a great defensive line, is very strong.

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