Eye opening ASU visit for Lacy

Whether it's the emphasis on recruiting high character players or the tireless efforts by Todd Graham's staff to land the best local prospects, Kenny Lacy, much like several other 2013 in-state recruits knows that this Arizona State program has changed for the better.

Two weekends ago, the Phoenix Mountain Pointe offensive lineman was part of a select group of local junior players invited for an unofficial visit to Arizona State, an experience that left a positive impression on Lacy.

"It was a great visit and it really opened my eyes," Lacy said. "I'm considering ASU now more than I did before. I liked all the coaches there and got along great with all of them. They were talking for an hour about what the school can offer the players aside from football and that is very important as well.

"They graduate their players more than a lot of other Pac-12 schools do. So they definitely help out their student-athletes and that is very good to see."

Lacy was equally impressed with the change of culture in Tempe and how it can benefit the Sun Devils.

"When I talked to the coaches I liked how they were all talking about having the right type of guys on the team," Lacy explained, "and find the best players they have around. I always felt that they had talented teams at ASU but they didn't have discipline.

"I felt that the last few years they (ASU) never got the best players in Arizona and this coaching staff is making this one of its main points. I feel that this team is going to be more successful than they were before the new coaches got here."

Lacy added that he felt that the 2012 class additions of D.J. Foster and Jaxon Hood were a strong statement in regards to local recruiting. "It's great that they are getting some of the top players in the state," he said.

During his visit Lacy sat down with offensive line coach Bob Connelly, and when introduced to the schemes ASU's front five will employ, the lineman was intrigued with the possibilities.

"Coach said that he would keep me at tackle and in this offense the linemen do it all," Lacy described. "They pull, they trap, they get downfield and block…I think if I came here I would become a better player because I would be doing so many different things."

The 6-5 260-pound Kenny Lacy reported weight room marks of 325 lbs. benching, 415 squatting, and 250 lbs. in the power clean.

"Most of the time out there I'm one of the biggest players and more athletic than anyone my size," Lacy said of his skills. "I have good quickness, but flexibility in my ankles is something I need to work on. I also need to loosen up my hips a little bit."

The Mountain Pointe standout holds seven scholarship offers to date. Arizona State was the first school to offer him while he was still a sophomore. Arizona, Washington, San Diego State, Oregon, State, Purdue and Nebraska have all extended offers as well.

"I'm enjoying the recruiting process," Lacy admitted. "It really cannot be going better than it is going now. I talked to Colorado and I'm going to get an offer from them pretty soon as well. I'm planning to go to the junior days at ASU, USC, Cal, Notre Dame and Oregon State.

"I'm planning to visit Arizona this summer, as well as USC and UCLA."

Lacy doesn't believe that he will pledge before the season starts and actually projects to announce his commitment much closer to the 2013 National Letter of Intent day. The lineman will take several factors into consideration before his ultimate decision.

"Location isn't a big deal," Lacy claimed. "I know if I went to ASU it would be nice playing in front of friends and family, but I have to go where I feel the most comfortable. The program I will choose will have everything I need, like great facilities, good relationship with the coaches, and a winning program. Obviously the school I will be going to has to offer a great education."


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