The Wisconsin Badgers football team received great news on Monday night with the announced commitment of 2022 cornerback A’Khoury Lyde of Wayne, N.J. Lyde took to Instagram to make his decision.
A three-star cornerback according to both 247 Sports and Rivals, Lyde is the first cornerback commitment in the class and represents the No. 5 player in the class overall. He joins quarterback Myles Burkett, offensive lineman Barrett Nelson, athlete Cade Yacamelli and tight end JT Seagreaves in the 2022 group.
Lyde has been on Wisconsin radar for quite some time and officially visited Madison back on the weekend of June 4. Lyde also took an official visit to Pittsburgh but opted to cancel visits with both Boston College and Duke in favor of committing with the Badgers. In total, he accumulated 20 offers during the span of his recruitment including opportunities at Boston College, Duke, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia among others.
At around 6-feet tall, Lyde has decent size for the position and also possesses a wide receiver background which has helped him develop plus-level ball skills as seen in his junior highlights below. Over the course of his sophomore and junior years at DePaul Catholic he tallied six interceptions and four sacks, as well as over 400 yards receiving and three touchdowns, with three defensive and special team scores as well. Lyde’s quickness and ability to break on the ball should give him a chance to make an impact with the Badgers.
New cornerbacks coach Hank Poteat has a longstanding relationship with Lyde, as he previously recruited the cornerback while on the staff at Toledo. Lyde is the first known commitment on Wisconsin’s staff for Poteat, and could put pressure on some of the other cornerback recruits still on the Badgers board.
Wisconsin is in a good spot with cornerback Aveyonne Jones who wrapped up his official visit to Madison over the weekend, Caleb Coley who joined Lyde on an official earlier this month, and James Monds who is scheduled to visit this coming weekend officially. In a tight class, the Badgers are expected to take at least one more cornerback in 2022, so it will be interesting to see which of the three climbs aboard first.