Three-Star 2023 Defensive End Jameial Lyons Commits to Penn State

By Matthew Filipovits on April 22, 2022 at 10:38 am
Penn State football commit Jameial Lyons

On the eve of the Blue-White weekend three-star Philadelphia defensive end Jameial Lyons has committed to Penn State - giving the Nittany Lions their first defensive linemen in the class.

Lyons picked up his Penn State offer following a camp last summer and returned to campus during the season to take in Penn State's Whiteout win over Auburn. He was on campus three times since the calendar turned to 2022 - with two of those trips coming just earlier this month.

The Lyons File

  • Class: 2023
  • Size: 6'4/245
  • Pos: DE
  • School: Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★
  • Composite Rank: No. 479 overall (No. 41 EDGE)

The big edge rusher has offers from Pitt, Maryland, Nebraska, and Brent Pry's Virginia Tech Hokies. His offer was sure to grow with a strong summer and senior campaign but the Nittany Lions were among the first teams to recognize his high-major college football talent. A three-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite, he is a four-star by 247Sports and On3 - so a composite bump to a four-star could happen sooner rather than later.

Lyons logged 52 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks, and picked off one ball for Roman Catholic this past fall. He also caught two balls for 20 yards as a tight end.

247Sports' recruiting analyst Brian Dohn offered the following scouting report on Lyons:

Verified size with length and wide-shouldered frame to fill out to 260-plus. Offers position versatility at college level as edge or defensive lineman. Displays raw athleticism as a two-way player in high school. High ceiling prospect based on physical traits, which includes 40 time in the 4.8s. Possesses strength throughout frame. Plays standing up and comes off edge and with hand on ground for Roman Catholic. Shows burst and some quick twitch at snap. Has body control and demonstrates change of direction in space. Gets into backfield and uses length to corral ball carrier. Is physical at point of attack and works hard to disengage. Can stack-and-shed but has to be more consistent. Demonstrates willingness to work through double teams. Can track down play from behind. Shows ability to disengage and re-direct along line of scrimmage. Has a nice swim move but needs to continue development technique. Has to work on ability to anchor against run when lined up as defensive lineman. Improving hand work to keep offensive linemen off on initial punch is important. Has to continue to develop lower body flexibility to dip shoulder and explode when coming around edge. Multi-year starter for Top 20 program. Has NFL draft potential.

Lyons is commit No. 10 for Penn State in 2023 and the fourth player from the Commonwealth to join the class. The class now sits at No. 5 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten.