There's always a mystery recruit or two that turns up every season for the Gamecocks.
This year, it's linebacker recruit Tyrell Lyons, who is currently committed to Florida State.
Lyons will officially visit the Gamecocks this weekend.
South Carolina will get a big visit this weekend from LB Tyrell Lyons, a Florida State commit. #Gamecocks— The OT with KT (@TheOTwithKT) January 24, 2013
The Gamecocks are in need of a few linebacker recruits to close out the 2013 class and have reached out to Lyons to see if he's interested in the Gamecocks program. It appears that interest is mutual between both Lyons and the Gamecocks and he will take an official visit this weekend.
Florida State has seen its share of coaching changes this offseason starting at the top of the defense when former defensive coordinator Mark Stoops took the head coaching position at Kentucky. With all this turnover, it's easy to see why some recruits would want to look at other possible options and this is exactly what Lyons appears to be doing.
Now, the interesting part here is South Carolina has put themselves in great position with Jonathan Walton, Skai Moore and Yannick Ngakoue down the stretch. It appeared that USC would be able to land two of the three prospects but, with Walton visiting Auburn this weekend, South Carolina needs to make sure they have options at the linebacker position.
Walton is from the state of Alabama and the allure of playing for a instate program will likely draw Walton towards the Tigers. The same can be said with Ngakoue and Maryland. The one-time Maryland commitment is very familiar with that program and seems to like the idea of playing at home.
If those two scenarios play out, it leaves USC short a linebacker if they are to land Moore, which is expected at this point. This is why you see the interest in Lyons. The connection between Lyons' high school, First Coast in Jacksonville, and South Carolina recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. likely is what opened up the interest between the two parties. Jacksonville is a close drive to South Carolina and First Coast has seen its share of players enter the Gamecocks' football program.
We'll have to wait and see how this one plays out for the Gamecocks this weekend. They may have a better understand of where they are on the linebacker board by Sunday night thus they could decide at that time if Lyons is a guy that they want as a Gamecock.
Lyons is a three-star recruit who has offers from Florida State, Clemson, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina and more.