Coming off a huge year in which helped the Hillsboro (OR) team to a state title, athlete Colt Lyerla is still excited about that accomplishment. And because he lined up in so many different positions and excelled, he has grabbed the attention of college programs across the country.
Now the season is complete, Lyerla will begin to work the process.
"I have about 15 or 16 offers right now. I guess I will start studying up on all of these schools to see what is going on," Lyerla said. "I don't really have a preference right now. I have not been able to do much with recruiting because of our season. But that's over now and I need to look into these schools."
There are many options to choose for the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Lyerla, who plays running back, wide receiver and linebacker. Some of the schools that were mentioned off the top of his head were Oregon, California, Boise State, Oklahoma, Miami, Oregon State, Vanderbilt and Stanford.
And with the variety of schools, there are various positions that each seek.
"Most just recruit me as an athlete. But some of the positions I have heard are defensive end, slot receiver, tight end and linebacker," Lyerla said. "I will get out to some of these schools so that I can eventually narrow things down. As for the visits, I need to talk with my coach and parents to start planning.
"I know for sure I want to get to some of the Top 20 schools."
From the sound of things, Lyerla will be selective in choosing where he wants to go. That is from a camps and combine standpoint initially.
"Last year I went to a lot of camps and combines. This year I will only choose a couple of them," Lyerla said.
For the moment, Lyerla said that the home state Ducks are recruiting him the hardest. But that does not mean that he is not open to all schools. In fact, he spoke about one school that he has had an offer from since Day 1.
"Oklahoma was one of my first offers. Whatever the first day juniors could be offered, I had one from there," Lyerla said.
Lyerla thought back to the day when it came in, remembering that he made a phone call to the Sooner coaching office.
"I talked to coach (David) White and I thanked him for the offer," Lyerla said.
While on that same call or not soon after, Lyerla got the chance to talked with coach Bob Stoops as well.
"He (Stoops) is a nice man. I didn't get to talk with him too long. He's a busy man you know," Lyerla said. "But I did get good vibes from him when we spoke. I have actually talked with him a couple of times."
As for position, Lyerla said that Oklahoma would like to use him as a tight end/H Back-type player. He said even a mention of strong safety as well.
From multiple positions for the Hillsboro team, Lyerla had 39 total touchdowns, rushing for nearly 1,800 yards along with 900-plus yards receiving. On defense, he was a first team all state linebacker.
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