January 21, 2009

Lacy talks Vols, final two visits

Four-star tailback Eddie Lacy hardly is a stranger to new University of Tennessee wide receivers coach Frank Wilson.

In fact, Wilson was around when a young Lacy was running through Pop Warner foes on youth fields in his native Louisiana. That relationship, as well as Lacy's rapport with new UT tailbacks coach Eddie Gran, will result in Lacy giving the Vols his final official visit. The nation's No. 13 running back according to Rivals.com, the 5-foot-11-inch, 210-pounder from Dutchtown High School (Geismar, La.) plans to be in Knoxville Jan. 30.

"Yeah, I've known (Wilson) since I was 6 years old. He used to watch me play (youth) ball and he coached my brother in high school," said Lacy, who expects his recruitment to last until National Signing Day on Feb. 4. "He's a cool guy. He's basically just like somebody my age, not young-minded, but he knows how to get along with pretty much anybody. He's a cool person."

Lacy credited Tennessee's new regime with wedging back into his recruitment after there previously was little mutual interest. Vols coaches had asked Lacy to visit this weekend, but he already had a trip scheduled to Alabama.

"The coaches started calling me and asked me to come this weekend," said Lacy, who had 1,800 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior, "but I was going to Alabama, so they asked about next weekend. And I was like, 'Yeah.' They basically have just started contacting me. I'm wide open."

And Lacy knows precisely what he's looking for in his college choice.

"Well, the biggest factor is where I feel comfortable," he said. "Where I think I can stay four years and be comfortable all four years. Playing time and some other things are not really that important to me."


Lacy, whose brother was coached by Wilson in high school and won a Sugar Bowl during his lone season earlier this decade at LSU, said he's tried to model his game after one former NFL great and a current Pro Bowler.

"When I was younger, it was Emmitt Smith. I watched him all the time. Now, it's (Minnesota Vikings tailback) Adrian Peterson.

"Vision is the biggest one (of Lacy's strengths). I'm able to see holes. Then if I'm cutting back, if I'm running one way and see a hole the other way, I feel like I have the ability to shift while maintaining my speed. I'm pretty fast and I can run over them or shake them."

Lacy, however, has been caught by the Vols' recruiting surge.

"They have good momentum. When they talk to you, they're very interested in you and I'm pretty sure that's how they are with everybody," Lacy said. "But they also show you what kind of person they are, and they don't hold nothing back."


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