"Last year I was kind of playing a backseat role," Lacey said. Now coach tells me to take over, take more shots and put our team in a situation to win. I've gotten more aggressive and attack from the jump instead of spurts."
"I hear that from Bama all the time and Bruce Pearl tells me that. Most of the time they say I fit their style of play and can come in to help their program."
Anthony Grant's Crimson Tide is very much in the chase here. Lacey says the Tide is determined to reverse fortune with the in-state players and lock up the borders. "They've been losing the in-state players like Bledsoe and Cousins to Kentucky and Christian Watford to Indiana. They're trying to cut down on losing in-state players and keep me in-state."
Lacey was a frequent visitor on Saturdays during the Tide's football season. He may trek later this month to Knoxville for the Vols game against Kentucky. Butler will be one of teams to beat in the state playoffs and that's been Lacey's focus.
"I haven't been all that hard with recruiting this year. I've just been trying to play my game and win another state championship and make the Top 25 for the McDonald's All-American game."