Long before Jameial Lyons caught people’s attention during the 7-on-7 scene for the past few weeks, he’s established himself as a big point prospect for the Philadelphia Roman Catholics in the class of 2023.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Lyonnais, who made visits to Penn State and West Virginia last month, has offers from those schools as well as Temple, Illinois, Boston College, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Virginia Tech, UMass and Morgan State.
His rating was raised to four stars by 247Sports, and the following scouting report was added to his 247Sports profile:
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 first punch. Must continue to develop lower body flexibility to shoulder dip and explode when approaching the edge. Multi-year starter for the Top 20 program. Has NFL draft potential.
Lyons paid a visit to Penn State on January 29, and the next day he was in West Virginia. He was also at Penn State during the season.
While Lyons is drafted as a point carrier or defensive lineman at the college level, he also plays tight end at Roman Catholic and plays receiver in the 7-on-7 scene.
In fact, Lyons’ play at the weekend’s event in Las Vegas drew praise from many, including 247Sports’ Mike Roach.
“Not only did he play (receiver),” Roach wrote, “Lyons played well, showing great movement ability, impressive feet and overall athleticism.”
Lyon is working on the March and Spring visits.