June 25, 2008

Ole Miss among 4-star Lacy leaders

Ole Miss joins three other SEC and one Big XII schools in the race for Geismar (Dutchtown HS), La. running back Eddie Lacy, but the real issue with Lacy is whether home-state LSU will offer.

"LSU hasn't offered yet, at least that I know of," Lacy said on Tuesday evening. "I don't know why."

It could be because LSU is short on available scholarships to offer this season due to their roster situation and the limit of having 85 on scholarship at one time causing them to be very selective, or it could be because of Lacy's academic situation.

While Lacy reports a 17 on his ACT, good enough to qualify by NCAA standards, he says his GPA is just 2.0 - short of the 2.5 required by the NCAA.

That could change if Lacy is successful in summer school efforts to improve his grades.

"I'm not going to any camps this summer and that's because of my academic responsibilities," he said.

Meanwhile, Ole Miss is joined by Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Oklahoma as teams that Lacy is looking at in the event an LSU offer never materializes. In addition to LSU, he also experienced an interest in Miami, although the Hurricanes join LSU in not offering.

"I like all five of those schools (that have offered)," he said. "None are sticking out, they're all even."

Lacy disavowed a leader from the offered schools, but he is visiting one school - Alabama - with no immediate plans to visit any other of the four remaining schools.

"I've not been on any unofficial visits, but my coach as set up something for us to visits Alabama next week or sometime after that."

Lacy said he hasn't heard from any coaches much lately, but continues to receive a lot of mail, particularly from Ole Miss.

While many prospects get an idea of schools that they'd like to attend from watching college football, such is not he case with Lacy.

"I don't watch college football," he said. "I guess I'm going to have to start this fall. I'd rather be out playing basketball. I like to play hoops a lot."

College football recruiters don't have to worry, Lacy averaged just eight points a game in high school and says basketball is just something that he enjoys and he realizes his future rests in football.

Lacy doesn't have any unofficial visits lined up, but said that he might try to attempt some in late summer, but said beyond Alabama, he hasn't given it much thought and plans to discuss the possibility with his parents soon.

Lacy recently was recognized as the best downhill runner in the 2009 running back class where it was noted it almost always takes two defenders to bring him down. He's ranked the No. 8 overall running back in the country. He rushed for more than 1,800 yards last year as junior.

Lacy reports he's up to 6-foot and 226 pounds from his previous height and weight of 5-foot-11, 200 pounds.

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