Penn State made another recruiting spree in Philadelphia on Friday, securing a junior Roman Catholic High School commitment. Jameial Lyons. Rated by 247Sports as a four-star defenseman, the 6-foot-4, 255-pound prospect announced his pledge after a few campus visits in April, ultimately opting to fast-track a decision schedule he had previously planned to push back in august.
“I’ve been there 10, 11 times since my freshman year, and every time it feels like home,” Lyons told 247Sports. “With the coaching staff, there haven’t been a lot of changes, and with the linebackers coach, Coach (Manny) Diaz, I think it’s a good fit. Coach Diaz, coach (defensive line) (John) Scott, (graduate assistant) coach Deion (Barnes), they’re like a big family there. They’re people I really trust.”
Lyons landed on Penn State’s Class of 2023 target board last summer. Ranked seventh among rising high school rookies in Pennsylvania, according to 247Sports, he joined at cornerback Lamont Paynetight end Joey Schlafferand offensive lineman J’ven Williams as 2023 state commitments for the Nittany Lions, who claim 11 total commitments in a nationally ranked fourth class.
In the past cycle, Penn State signed a trio of Philadelphia rookies in the Northeast High School edge rusher Ken TalleyImhotep Institute linebacker Keon Wylieand Security of Lackawanna College Tyrece Millsanother product from the Northeast.
You can see the highlights of Lyon 2021 above. Here is the scouting report on Lyon from Brian Dohn, National Recruitment Analyst at 247Sports:
Size checked with length and wide shoulder frame to fill up to 260 and up. Offers position versatility at the collegiate level as a point or defensive lineman. Displays raw athleticism as a high school two-way player. High ceiling perspective based on physical traits, which includes 40 times in the 4.8. Has strength throughout the frame. Play standing up and out of the rim and with the hand on the ground for Roman Catholics. Shows bursts and a few quick contractions in the blink of an eye. Has control of his body and demonstrates a change of direction in space. Gets into the backfield and uses the length to corral the ball carrier. Is physical at the point of attack and works hard to disengage. Can stack and throw but needs to be more consistent. Demonstrates a willingness to work in double teams. Can stalk the game from behind. Shows his ability to disengage and redirect along the line of scrimmage. Has a good swimming stroke but needs to continue to develop his technique. Must work on his ability to anchor against the run when lined up as a defensive lineman. Improving handwork is important to keep offensive linemen away from the initial punch. Must continue to develop lower body flexibility to shoulder dip and explode when approaching the edge.
After using offensive prospects to assemble the first bases in this recruiting class, Penn State has seen some defensive momentum recently, as Florida safety Conrad Hussey followed Lyon with a commitment on Monday. Check out the full list of Nittany Lions commits below.