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In Treacherous Recruiting Game, Fort Lauderdale Athletes Stay One Step Ahead

It's easy enough for college coaches to create form letters that flatter a high school senior's ego and make that superstar recruit feel like getting his signature is their No. 1 priority. These letters fill shoeboxes for athletes like Wayne Lyons, a defensive back at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale who currently has 43 scholarship offers from the nation's elite football programs. (Above, that's a highlight reel from Lyons' junior season.)

But Lyons and his advisers have a way of cutting through the usual recruiting BS: According to what the coveted recruit told a recruiting website, Irish Sports Daily, he sends out letters of his own to college coaches, a 50-question quiz about issues that matter most in his decision.

Being one of the nation's hotbeds for college sports recruiting, it shouldn't be a surprise that Broward athletes have adapted a more highly evolved strategy for ensuring that they have control of their athletic future.

Last month, top-ranked basketball star Brandon Knight of Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale took a similarly enlightened approach to his own recruitment. As a result, Knight doesn't have to stress about rumors his would-be college coach, John Calipari of Kentucky, is interested in the Chicago Bulls' coaching job. It means that Knight could simply enroll instead at one of his other college finalists, like Syracuse or Connecticut.

For more on Lyons, check out this interview he gave to ESPN a few weeks ago after a Nike training camp in Gainesville.

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Thomas Francis