The Nike Football Opening Regionals, a series of events showcasing national high school talent, held its event in Oakland, Calif. this past weekend. Scottsdale, Ariz. (Saguaro) quarterback and Wisconsin commit, Karé Lyles, along with his brother -- highly-touted 2017 guard and Wisconsin target Kayden Lyles -- competed in the event. Both performed well and garnered attention from those in attendance -- which helped the elder Lyles brother receive a bump in his rating with one of the recruiting services.
247 Sports' Barton Simmons was in attendance at "The Opening" and commended both players as among some of the top performers. Simmons rated Kayden as his No. 9 of "The Next Ten" of the best players he saw in the Northern California regional, saying:
"One of the early top offensive linemen in the class of 2017, Lyles was very good on Sunday, showing off really impressive athleticism for a big prospect and the ability to anchor with ease against inside moves and bulrushes. Wisconsin could be a favorite early on with Lyles' older brother already committed there."
Watch the composite four-star recruit in the Final 5 for offensive linemen taking on the defensive linemen, and you can see why he impressed in the camp.
Kare' showcased his abilities as well. The 6'1, 215-pound signal caller made some waves of his own.
Wisconsin QB commit Kare' Lyles here at the San Leandro, Calif. Opening regional. Adds to a good QB group pic.twitter.com/3VJA1LkHW0— Erik McKinney (@EMcKinneyESPN) May 17, 2015
Simmons coined Lyles as one of his four "Sleepers" during the Opening Oakland Regional.
Perhaps sleeper is the wrong term to use for a quarterback committed to the Big Ten in Wisconsin but Lyles had a strong showing on Sunday. He was among the top quarterbacks on the day and we liked his leadership and demeanor on the field as much as anything. Other quarterbacks have more size and talent but Lyles has some intangibles that should elevate him on the next level.
Kare' received more positive attention from another 247 Sports recruiting analyst, Steve Wiltfong. Building off of Simmons' earlier evaluation, Wiltfong noted a similar intangible in the future Badgers quarterback:
The elder Lyles has a confidence about him, a presence. A smooth operator, Lyles is a fluid athlete that throws the football comfortably on the move, and during drills, 1-on-1 and skelly, he delivered the football on the money more often than not. Standing in at 6-foot-1, Lyles is an athletic signal-caller with a thick build. He'll certainly be getting a bump in the 247Sports rankings in the near future.
And a bump he received in the 247 Sports rankings. Lyles is still a three-star prospect but increased his rating to an 86, up three spots from 83.
Austin Mack narrows to Top Eight
Fort Wayne, Ind. (Bishop Luers) four-star wide receiver Austin Mack narrowed his list of potential suitors down to eight on Monday and set a final commitment date.
June 7❕❕ pic.twitter.com/zH4b37sO6Z— Austin Mack (@Austin_Mack10) May 18, 2015
Aside from his top eight, the 6'2, 205-pound receiver's offer list is impressive, which includes Michigan State, California, Cincinnati, and Mississippi State.
Can the Badgers land the touted Mack, who caught 69 passes for 1,062 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior? BadgerNation.com's Ben Worgull believes Wisconsin's chances aren't great.
@Kevin__Castro slim. Ohio State the favorite here as of today— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) May 18, 2015