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Longtime friends, journey continues at FSU for Lyons and Anderson

Daniel Lyons and Dante Anderson have been friends since elementary school, hanging out together, playing football on the same teams in middle school and at Homestead (Fla.) Senior. They were not a package deal. But that clearly was the dream. And now the reality.

“At the end of the day, if he had to go somewhere else, he had to do what he had to do to be great,” Lyons said. “It would have been fun being together, and he came (to FSU). I knew before everyone else. When he told me, I was happy. But when I didn’t know where he was going, I kept asking and asking. But he wouldn’t tell anyone. Once he told me, it was like, ‘Yes.’ ”

Lyons committed to FSU in July and signed on Dec. 15. Anderson is a walk-on but also made his decision that he was coming to Tallahassee. Both had made frequent visits to FSU once the dead period ended on June 1 and knew they wanted attend college and play football on the same team once again, if they could.

“We’ve been together since elementary, we always wanted to be together,” Anderson said. “We make stuff happen. A duo.”

The duo has moved to Tallahassee, living together and are quite happy to be starting their careers at Florida State. Lyons is 6-foot-4 and 286 pounds, considered among the top 70 defensive linemen in the 2022 class (he could line up at either defensive tackle position). Anderson is 6-3 and 215 pounds and, while not on scholarship (yet), he was considered among the top 25 defensive ends in the 2022 class.

“Dante is a great athlete and explosive player with a tremendous frame — he has a great future in front of him,” FSU coach Mike Norvell said in January. “He and Daniel Lyons were dynamic together in high school, and we are excited that both of them are here with us now.”

Lyons had 58 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and six sacks in 10 games as a senior. “He can do everything,” Anderson said. “He’s a dog. Humble.”

Anderson had 45 tackles and 14 sacks as a senior. “He’s fast off the edge,” Lyons said. “He’s got speed that a lot of people don’t have.”

Dante Anderson
Dante Anderson was one of the state’s top pass rushers. (photo via Homestead High athletics)