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4-star TE Walker Lyons commits to USC

Drew Schott02/01/23
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Walker Lyons
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Folsom (Calif.) four-star tight end Walker Lyons has announced his commitment to USC. Lyons chose the Trojans after he backed off his pledge to Stanford on Nov. 28.

Lyons is the No. 119 overall prospect and No. 7 tight end in the 2023 cycle, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He is also the No. 10 player in California.

“It is a new staff and a new culture has been created,” Lyons told On3’s Chad Simmons about USC on May 16. “It is a new energy too. I love L.A., it is a good fit, and I love the offense. It is going to be the Oklahoma offense at USC and they always loved to use their tight ends. Coach Riley has made me feel very important too.”

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The 6-foot-4, 225-pound pass catcher has made four visits to Los Angeles, including an official on the weekend of June 18. He was most recently at USC on Nov. 26.

Lyons has an On3 NIL Valuation of $88K. The On3 NIL Valuation is an index that looks to set the standard market value for both high school and college-level athletes. The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete’s value at a certain moment in time.

Walker Lyons On3 Scouting Summary

The following is the On3 Scouting Summary for Walker Lyons:

“One of the more polished pass catchers at the tight end position in the 2023 recruiting cycle. Lines up with his hand in the dirt as a true in-line Y, splits out wide and lines up in the slot as a flex option. Excellent body control and ability to contort his frame to be in the best position to catch the football. Measured in at 6-foot-5, just under 230 pounds. Had 44 receptions for 746 yards and 9 touchdowns as a junior. Helped lead NorCal powerhouse Folsom High to a state championship final as a junior. 

“Twitchy off the line of scrimmage and has tremendous wiggle for his size as a route runner. Shows some explosiveness as a hooper on the hardwood. Needs to be more violent in the run game as a blocker but does have willingness. May not have the length or pure catch radius of some other top tight end prospects. Expected to take a two-year LDS mission.”