One position the Cavaliers hope to fill in this recruiting class is safety. Hubbard (Chicago, IL) prospect Nate Lyles , who is one of the top safeties in the state of Illinois, is one of the players Virginia hopes can help with the situation.
The 6-1, 195 pound Lyles played strong safety on a stout Hubbard defense featuring Oklahoma verbal Chris Patterson. He averaged nine tackles per game and tallied eight interceptions, earning Chicago Tribune All-State honors.
Virginia hopes to impress Lyles this weekend, when he makes his official visit. This will be his first experience in Charlottesville, and he will be accompanied by his mother and father.
“I am going to Virginia this weekend,” Lyles said. “Virginia is a very good school. It’s ranked nationally as one of the top schools. They also have a good football program that’s really going in the right direction.”
The Cavaliers are recruiting Lyles as a safety, though he does not know if it’s free or strong safety. The lead recruiter is Chicago native Corwin Brown, with whom Lyles has developed a very good relationship.
Last weekend, Lyles made his first official visit, heading to Boston College. He enjoyed his experience despite being caught in a snow storm.
“I took my first official visit last weekend,” Lyles stated. “It was to Boston College. We got snowed in and had to stay until Monday. It started almost as soon as we got there, but it was still good. I got to talk to the players. My host was [senior linebacker] Josh Ott. He was interesting to talk to, and everyone had nothing but good things to say about him. I had a chance to watch practice and check out the environment. The environment was pretty good.”
Following his visit to Virginia this weekend, he will make an official to Iowa on December 19th and Notre Dame on January 17th. Lyles is considering an official visit to Oregon for January 9th but is unsure right now whether he will make it.
He currently lists no favorites among his top five schools.
“Those are my final five,” Lyles said. “I don’t have any favorites…just the five. The factors in my decision will be going to a good program and a good atmosphere. When I take my visits, I want to be comfortable there. I’ll mostly go where I feel comfortable. And of course I’m looking for great academics in the program.”
Of the programs he is considering, Lyles had only been to Notre Dame heading...
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