August 6, 2008

Rivals100 RB has Ole Miss in the mix

Despite having some academic issues, there's no shortage of suitors for Geismar (Dutchtown HS), La. running back Eddie Lacy.

Lacy, four-star Rivals100 prospect, spent the summer trying to improve his academic standing, foregoing most summer camps with the knowledge that he has plenty of offers but must get qualified before he can play at the next level.

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

That average should go up after Lacy said on Tuesday that he made a "B" in a geometry class he took this summer.

As soon as he finished the course, he had time to attend LSU's summer camp.

"The LSU camp went good," Lacy said. I went down there for the last two days after summer school. LSU still hasn't offered, I guess it's either a numbers game with them or they are either waiting on me to get my grades."

Meanwhile, Lacy said he recently picked up a written offer from Florida State. The Seminoles join SEC schools Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Auburn and Arkansas that have offered. Lacy also has offers from Iowa, Nebraska, and Oklahoma among others.

"I'm just looking at everybody right now, they're all the same," Lacy said. "I just want to see where I'll fit in. I plan on watching some games on television this fall and I'll just see who I like."

As for Ole Miss, Lacy says the Rebels are as in consideration as much as any school and he plans to try to watch the team on television this fall.

Those observations could dictate where Lacy decides to take his five official visits - something he plans to do before making a verbal commitment.

"I really haven't decided where I'll visit, really haven't given it any thought" he said. "I plan on taking my time, I'll probably take it (verbal commitment) down to the wire and announce on signing day."

Lacy has said in previous interviews that he covets an offer from the home-state Tigers, but said on Tuesday that an offer from LSU would not drastically impact his recruiting situation.

"I'd still be open, even if LSU offered," he said.

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

Lacy said he'll like re-take the ACT, trying to up his score which could help offset his lower GPA under the NCAA's sliding scale.

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