Offensive line is an area that football teams generally give a lot of attention to with each recruiting class and that will be the case for Arizona under Rich Rodriguez. The new staff is chasing after some of the best offensive line talent across the nation and one such elite prospect is right up the road from Tucson.
Phoenix Mountain Pointe offensive lineman Kenny Lacy is one of the most sought after linemen on the west coast and has several prominent programs currently tracking his progress. UA got on the ball early, as the previous staff offered him before anyone else did.
"They gave me my first offer my sophomore year," Lacy said.
Often when coaching staffs are altered, recruits can be affected by the changes. That wasn't the case with Lacy, who is still being pursued by the new staff and has established a solid relationship with them.
"The new coaches came to my school," Lacy said. "I've met them probably five times, so we have a good relationship."
There are going to be several prestigious schools in the hunt for Lacy and one of them may even hold a slight edge in his recruitment. Lacy's cousin is current Nebraska Cornhusker senior Marcel Jones, a former Phoenix Trevor Browne standout lineman who could be playing on Sundays in 2012.
"Having closer ties, it just feels more comfortable" Lacy said. "I have been talking to my cousin to see how he likes it."
While there could be an advantage in play for Nebraska, it doesn't seem like a sizeable one at this point in time. Lacy isn't shutting the door on anyone and will continue to enjoy his recruiting process.
"I am open to anyone," Lacy said. "I have eight offers right now, so I am just looking at everybody and weighing my options."
Lacy will undoubtedly be one of the most pursued 2013 offensive linemen in the country, but even with stiff competition, Arizona could find itself legitimately in the hunt for his services.
"I think things are definitely turning around," Lacy said. "I will definitely give UA a chance, but I am just looking at everybody right now."
The lineman would even like to take a trip to Arizona's campus this summer to become better acquainted with the coaching staff.
"I plan on getting down there this summer and getting to know the coaches some more," Lacy said. "I'll see what they have to offer."
Lacy has already taken in a few campuses and, in addition to his plan to visit UA in the summer, he also has a couple of other trips on his slate.
"I already went to ASU and USC," Lacy said. "I plan on going to Oregon State in March and I plan to go to Nebraska's spring game as well."
Lacy is only going to gain more interest before signing day in 2013, so don't expect a decision any time soon. For now, he will continue to let his recruiting process play itself out and then make a decision after the end of his senior season.
"I probably won't announce it until around January," Lacy said.
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