Georgia head coach Kirby Smart speaks during a news conference ahead of the national championship NCAA College Football Playoff game between Georgia and TCU, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Los Angeles. The championship football game will be played Monday.
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Elite college football recruit Walker Lyons was set apart as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday in preparation for his departure to the Norway Oslo Mission.
On Tuesday, he received an in-home visit from the coaching staff of the Georgia Bulldogs, the two-time defending College Football Playoff national champions.
247 Sports’ Brandon Huffman had first reported Tuesday afternoon that the visit would take place, and Lyons tweeted about it Tuesday evening, posting a photo with Georgia coaches — including head coach Kirby Smart.
In the photo, Lyons is wearing his missionary attire, including his nametag. On Sunday, he had posted on Instagram that he had been set apart as a missionary that day and would be beginning at-home training prior to his departure.
Huge thanks to @GeorgiaFootball for stopping by this evening! @KirbySmartUGA @CoachToddMonken @coach_thartley #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/jClrhXwPHD
— Walker Lyons (@walkerly0ns) January 25, 2023
Lyons, a tight end out of Folsom, California, had told Huffman earlier this month that he was still considering Georgia, Utah, USC and Stanford (he had been committed to Stanford before former head coach David Shaw resigned in November after a loss to BYU to conclude the 2022 season).
Huffman reported Tuesday that the visit would be the last one Lyons would host with coaches (he has now had an in-home visit with all four of the above programs in the last two weeks).
Although not a guarantee by any means, prospects will often visit last with the program they end up signing with.
Huffman also reported Tuesday that Lyons will in fact officially sign with a program on next Wednesday’s National Signing Day. It is unclear if he will announce his decision prior to that.
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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News