Lyles Narrows to Three

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Hubbard High School (Chicago, IL) safety Nate Lyles has narrowed his list to just three schools. With his final official visit taking place this weekend, he may have a decision very soon.

“My list is down to Virginia, Oregon, and Notre Dame,” Lyles said. “Boston College was a good school, but it was small and had a different feel to it. I didn’t see myself fitting in there.”

Lyles, who has already made official visits to Virginia and Oregon, visits Notre Dame this weekend. He has been to South Bend on one previous occasion, however was unable to get a feel for the campus. This weekend, he is looking forward to learning more about the Irish and determining whether or not he could see himself attending the school.

“I’m excited,” Lyles said about his visit this weekend. “I didn’t have a chance to get a feel for much of anything the first time I visited there, so I’m looking forward to it. I’m going to try and see myself as a student there to see if I think I would fit in.”

Each school is recruiting the 6-1, 195 pound Lyles as a safety prospect. Right now, he says all of the schools are equal in his mind.

“They are all pretty even right now,” Lyles said. “After my visit, I’m going to sit down, put everything together and look at the pros and cons of each school. I’m going to consider the entire program, the school, the coaching staff, and think about how well I fit in on each campus.”

Lyles feels two of the three schools are recruiting him the hardest. The same two schools, he feels, offer the best chance at playing early, which is something he would like the opportunity to do.

“I think Notre Dame and Virginia are recruiting me the hardest,” Lyles said. “I think they probably want me the most. And of the three, I think Notre Dame and Virginia offer the best opportunity for early playing time. I’d have a better chance at each school of playing early.”

In terms of location, Notre Dame is only a few hours from Nate’s home while Virginia and Oregon are obviously very far away. When asked whether or not location was a factor, Lyles said “it might make some kind of difference, but I don’t think it will be a major factor.”

Next week, Nate expects both Virginia Head Coach Al Groh and Notre Dame Head Coach Tyrone Willingham for in-home visits. He said he may have a decision “soon after my visit.”