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National Signing Day 2017: C/G Kayden Lyles begins Wisconsin career as early enrollee

A year after his brother came to Wisconsin, Kayden Lyles gets ready to join the Badgers’ o-line.

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Class of 2017 C/G Kayden Lyles

Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
C/G 6'3 315 Madison, Wis. (Middleton) Four stars, No. 14 guard

Kayden Lyles is one of the better prospects the Wisconsin Badgers have landed in recent years.

Lyles can play any of the three interior positions, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up starting at either guard or center in two or three years. Wisconsin has the luxury of being able to likely redshirt Lyles—despite his talent—like it did with Michael Deiter in 2014 due to the depth on the roster.


247Sports (composite): Four stars; Grade: 0.9171; No. 206 overall; No. 14 OG; No. 1 Wis.

247Sports: Four stars; Grade: 92; No. 182 overall; No. 12 OG; No. 2 Wis.

ESPN: Four stars; Grade: 81; No. 241 ESPN300; No. 18 OG; No. 20 Midwest Regional; No. 2 Wis.

Rivals: Four stars; No. 8 OG; No. 157 overall; No. 1 Wis.

Scout: Four stars; No. 23 OG; No. 7 Midwest OG; No. 1 Wis. OG

Verbally committed on Oct. 1, 2015

Lyles was Wisconsin’s first commitment for 2017. He is an absolutely punishing road grater in the run game, is built very well, thick in all the right places and has also mentioned that his favorite part of his game is pass protection. Lyles came from Saguaro High School in Arizona, which is like Arrowhead and Kimberly in Wisconsin combined. After playing in a wide-open offense there, he transferred to Middleton for his senior season and played in a run-first offense, so he has experienced the best of both worlds before entering a collegiate offense.

Lyles held offers from Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Washington, Utah, USC, Arizona and Arizona State.

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Bio (courtesy

High School: Four-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout … unanimous first-team all-state selection by Associated Press as a senior … named all-state by Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a senior ... recipient of Joe Thomas Award as state’s top senior offensive lineman … first-team All-Big 8 Conference as a senior … played first three seasons at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona … first-team all-section by Arizona Football Coaches Association as a junior and second-team all-section as a sophomore … two-time all-city selection

Personal: Parents are Ann and Kevin Lyles … brother, Karé, plays quarterback for the Badgers … father played quarterback and tight end at Wisconsin from 1993-96 … volunteered as youth football coach