October 14, 2008

Lacy, 4-star RB returns from injury

The number three prospect in Louisiana is Geismar (Dutchtown HS) running back Eddie Lacy.

With LSU normally able to "cherry pick" in-state prospects, on the surface it would appear that Lacy would be LSU bound. However, several schools approached Lacy rather cautiously because of academic issues and in LSU's case, because of roster considerations where the Tigers likely won't be able to sign a full class of 25 prospects for 2009.

However, Lacy now reports making a 17 on his ACT and passing a summer class that puts him in a better position to qualify. He had reported a 2.0 GPA and the he made in summer school should help pull up his GPA close to the required 2.5. Surprisingly, when interviewed by RebelSports.net, it wasn't LSU on his mind.

"I'm probably headed out of state," Lacy said on Monday. "I don't know where, but I think I'm ready to get of here (Louisiana).

If he qualifies, Lacy will have no trouble in doing exactly that.

He currently has offers from all SEC West Division teams except LSU, and also from Tennessee and a long list of non-SEC suitors that include Florida State, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Lacy, a 5-foot-11, 210 pound running back, currently ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 8 overall running back in the country, hasn't seen his season go the way he had hoped.

"I sprained my MCL - hyper extended my knee - and then I sprained my ankle," Lacy said. "I'm not 100 percent strength yet. I played in my first full game last weekend and had around 160 yards and four touchdowns. But, I'm still having pain in my ankle and after I scored my fourth touchdown, I took myself out of the game. It was so sore after playing and I couldn't work out today (Monday) because it was so sore and tender. I just did some conditioning drills. I'm still having pain in the ankle."

The injuries cost Lacy his spot as the No. 73 overall rated prospect nationally. He fell out of the Rivals100, which was just announced this week.

Lacy said he's currently hearing the most from Alabama, but also recently talked with Rebel head coach Houston Nutt.

"He's just letting me know they're really interested in me and that they'd like to get me up for an official visit," Lacy said.

In addition to Alabama and Ole Miss, Lacy said he's hearing a lot from Florida State, Tennessee, Southern Miss, and Mississippi State. Another school that has entered the recruiting battle in Oregon.

"I really don't have a team that is standing out," Lacy said. "I have no favorites. I'm open."

Lacy said he hasn't given any thought to setting official visits. He plans to come up with a list of five schools he'll visit after his high school season is over, and that list of visits will constitute his top five.

While Ole Miss made up some ground on numerous prospects with their upset of Florida in the Swamp in late September, Lacy, who admittedly seldom watches college football, said he didn't see the game on television.

"I just have a hard time watching college football," he said. "I had planned to watch more football this fall, with me being recruited and all, but I'd just rather be doing other things."

Lacy reports he's up to 6-foot and 226 pounds from his previous height and weight of 5-foot-11, 200 pounds. He rushed for more than 1,800 yards last year as jun

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