Massive Lineman Has Auburn On Top

One of the top junior offensive tackles in Mississippi talks recruiting and the Auburn Tigers.

Gulfport, Miss.--Playing football at Gulfport High, offensive tackle Michael Lacy never dreamed that he would someday have the opportunity to play college football and he sure didn't dare believe that his first scholarship offer would come from the Auburn Tigers.

While that fact might not matter to most Mississippi prospects, for Lacy it's a little different because he grew up and spent the first 14 years of his life in Enterprise, Ala.

Moving to Gulfport in the ninth grade, Lacy immediately made an impact on the football program as he was a part-time starter on both offense and defense. Since that time he has been strictly an offensive lineman and he's become one of the best around.

A dominating force as a junior, Lacy's highlight film was enough to convince Auburn that he was worthy of a scholarship offer, one he still can't believe he received.

"It was a pretty big surprise to me," Lacy tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "When I got to school I was really surprised. I guess Coach (Don) Dunn and the coaches saw me on tape and called and offered me. It was real exciting.

"Growing up in Alabama I used to see Auburn on TV all the time," he adds. "I never thought Auburn would offer me a scholarship."

Big Michael Lacy is a mountain of a man still in a kid's body.

While the Tigers did a good job of securing the offensive line in the 2007 signee class, they are still looking for another true tackle for the future. Lacy fits the bill for that because of his size (6-6, 320) and quickness off the ball. When asked what his strengths are as a player, Lacy doesn't hesitate to discuss how much he enjoys the physical part of the game.

"My strength is to come off the ball and hit you in the mouth and run you into the ground," Lacy says. "That's my philosophy, that's the zone blocking we run. My thing is to come off the ball and hit you in the mouth. I hit you and don't let you get off. When I start blocking you, you're probably going to the ground because I'm not going to let up. I don't play around."

Lacy says he's got well over a dozen schools showing a lot of interest in him at the moment with more offers expected in the coming weeks. Ole Miss, Florida State, Southern Miss, Mississippi State and LSU are just some of the schools showing interest, but Lacy says at the moment there is a clear leader for him. After taking a visit to see Auburn two weeks ago for the A-Day game, he says that watching Auburn's offensive line in action made him feel right at home because of their style of play.

"My visit was real nice," Lacy says. "I really liked it there. It was my first trip there. I just like how big the campus was. The football team was huge. I was shocked how much I liked it.

"Oh my God," he adds about the offensive line. "It was real exciting watching the offensive line even warm up. I'm not verbally committed or anything, but Auburn really is just standing out in my head right now. They are at the top of my list."

The massive lineman says he's planning to camp at both Auburn and Ole Miss over the summer and has tentatively set up official visits for both schools in the fall along with Mississippi State and Southern Miss.

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