OL Lazard Approaching Double Digit Offers

Bloomfield (N.J.) High offensive lineman Marcell Lazard has eight verbal offers and plenty of other suitors. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound class of 2013 prospect already attended one junior day and has a handful more set up. He updated Scout.com on his recruitment, and listed four schools standing out early in the process.

Even before signing day, Bloomfield (N.J.) High class of 2013 offensive lineman Marcell Lazard felt the push of recruiting.

And now with the focus solely on the 2013 class, the intensity level will rise more for the 6-foot-6, 305-pounder who is approaching double digit offers.

"It's been crazy," Lazard said. "So many schools come in during the course of the day, and they want to talk about the same thing and you're trying to figure out what's right and wrong.

"I ask them this every time they offer me; ‘What do you guys like about me and why would you offer me?' They say they like my pass protection, they say I move well for a big guy and that is basically it."

Lazard said Buffalo, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Maryland, Miami, South Florida, Virginia and West Virginia each extended a verbal offer, and he is hearing from Penn State, Syracuse, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame. He added Georgia and Alabama each stopped by the school to see him this winter.

"I'm going to West Virginia (this weekend), and we're going to Michigan, Michigan State, UConn and Virginia," Lazard said. "The schools recruiting me are more Big East, Big Ten and ACC schools."

The process is overwhelming, Lazard acknowledged, particularly because of the number of schools showing interest.

"I really don't know where I want to go," he said. "All these schools, they're all good schools. They're all academic schools. They're all good football schools. I really don't know where I want to go. It's very overwhelming."

Four schools – Miami, Virginia, West Virginia and UConn – are standing out to Lazard, but he is not listing them as favorites nor is he viewing it as a trimmed down list.

"Miami, I went down to their junior day last month and it stuck out," Lazard said. "I have a brother that lives in Miami, the coaching staff is great. Me and my family got to speak to coach (Al) Golden personally. He's a great coach. Coach (Mark) D'Onofrio, coach (Jedd) Fisch and coach Golden are all from New Jersey. They are all Jersey guys, and they're genuine people.

"West Virginia because coach (Dana) Holgorsen, he's going to do some great things with that program. Coach (Bill) Bedenbaugh, the offensive line coach, I really like him.

"I like Virginia for many reasons. My parents like the academic part of the school. I like the academic part of the school also, and I know they have a nice campus. I can't wait to go up there and see it.

"UConn, I like (assistant) coach (George) DeLeone."

Lazard is looking for a strong academic and football mix.

"I want it done early but I want to see how many more offers I get," he said. "Academic-wise, I want something that has my major (sports management). Football-wise I want a school where their head coach and their coaching staff has been there for a while.

"I want a coaching staff that is going to be there for a while and I want a good football school. I want a school that's going to win. I don't want to go somewhere they don't win."

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