May 7, 2008

Top prospect emerges at Tuscaloosa Camp

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Among a very talented group of running backs at the Nike Football Training Camp last weekend held on Alabama's practice fields, one running back stood out among the crowd. Zac Stacy out of Centreville (Ala.) Bibb County, had a great showing in all aspects of the camp and came out as a clear MVP on the afternoon.

Stacy showed great footwork and agility in the warm-ups and SPARQ training and then he showed terrific ability in all of the one-on-one settings. The 5-foot-9 back with a UAB offer came away happy with the way things went.

"It was really good," Stacy said. "It was a really good experience for me. It was actually my first Nike Training Camp that I've gone to. I got to get a lot of technique work in. I thought I was going to be a little rusty today but I did real good actually. I'm just blessed to come out here and compete against a lot of talent."

Stacy came into the day with some skills he was trying to get better at while still showcasing his very noticeable strengths.

"Mostly I'm working on my acceleration," he said. "I think my speed is my dilemma right now as far as being a back. I keep working in the off-season and working on my speed. My strength is basically just making guys miss. I can run you over and I can make you miss at the same time. My quickness and my agility and being able to elude tackles, I think I've gotten better at that."

If there are any doubts about whether or not Stacy is just a camp all-star that doesn't get things done once the pads are strapped on, just look at his number from his junior season.

"I finished with over 2,000 all-purpose yards, 27 touchdowns and I averaged about 10 yards per carry so I had a pretty impressive season last year."

A player with as much production and as many skills as Stacy would seem to have several offers by now, but with UAB as the only school that has come forward, the 185-pound back hopes to continue to get his name out to coaches this summer.

"I'm getting a lot of interest," he said. "UAB offered me and basically just a lot of interest from Auburn, Kentucky, and just about every SEC school. I've been invited to a lot of senior camps so I'll probably attend a lot of that. I'm looking forward to the summer and attending a lot of camps and as far as evaluation goes, hopefully some schools will offer me."

Stacy, who lists location and academics high on his list of priorities for schools, is tentatively scheduled to head to Auburn, Ole Miss, Alabama, Middle Tennessee and Vanderbilt camps this summer.

If his performances match the dominance he showed in Tuscaloosa, he will likely find himself with several more offers before things kick off in the fall.


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