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Wed. February 3, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

East Lake DE Bobby Lyons, a second-team all-county pick, planned to not make his college selection until next week.

But the more he thought about it, the more the choice became clear.

The 6-foot-5,  230-pound standout will play for Army.

“It’s just an opportunity you can not pass up,” Lyons said.

Lyons will inform the Black Knights of his decision first thing Wednesday morning, which is National Signing Day. He plans to fax the school his letter-of-intent soon.

“My parents are the only ones who know right now,” Lyons said.

Lyons chose Army, a Division I-A program that played Air Force, Duke, Iowa State, Rutgers and Vanderbilt in 2009, over I-AA Marist, which was 7-4 last season.

“It was so hard,” Lyons said. “It was not like one school was good in academics and the other wasn’t. Marist has the major I’ve been wanting (communications). And Army -- all you’ve got to say is that you’ve graduated from West Point and you move up to the top of the office. Only 1,000 kids across the nation get into West Point each year.”

Lyons carries a 3.2 GPA.

He plans to enroll at Army in June.

The Black Knights went 5-7 last season, which included a win over Vanderbilt.

“I think you could be looking for Army for the next five years to be playing in bowl games,” Lyons said. “I was so impressed with that coaching staff.”

--KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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