A week after landing athletic future left tackle Shamar Johnson (6-6, 290), Strong landed a commitment Thursday from 6'6, 305 pound Center Grove, Ind., standout Skylar Lacy, who projects as an athletic and physical right tackle for the Cardinals.
Lacy, who also has offers from Cincinnati and Ball State, visited Louisville twice during spring practice. During his third visit to UofL Thursday with his dad, the promising offensive lineman who transferred from Southport, IN. to Center Grove for his senior year, told Strong he wants to play for the Cardinals.
"Me and my dad talked about it a lot," Lacy told InsideTheVille.com. "It came down to if I could play anywhere in the country it seemed that Louisville met all of our criteria. So we decided to come down here today and give them a verbal commitment. I had my mind made up before I talked to Coach Borbs [Dave Borbely] last night and he just reiterated the fact that they really want me."
Lacy says he's comfortable with the idea of playing opposite Shamar Johnson at Louisville.
"I don't know how they want me and Shamar to work out left and right [tackle], but I prefer to play right tackle because that's what I play in high school," Lacy said. "I think my strengths are my size, but I have a passion for the game unmatched by any player in the country. I run pretty well for how big I am and my footwork and hand placement are pretty good…."
What stands out about Lacy?
"He moves well for his size," said Bill Peebles, Lacy's former coach at Southport. "He has plenty of room to grow physically. He's been a two-sport athlete so he's not been a full-time weight room guy. I think he has a real good chance to be an outstanding offensive lineman in college. The kid could be really good."
Impressed with Lacy's athleticism and push off the line of scrimmage, Louisville was the first school to extend an offer this spring. In this case, the early bird gets a mighty big worm.
"He has good explosion off the ball," Peebles said. "He's a little top heavy at times, which is typical of big guys who are young, but as he grows into his body I think a lot of that is going to take care of itself."
"He was a very good player for us," added Peebles. "He plays with a chip on his shoulder. We didn't want to lose him. As for his upside….he will be better in two years than he is now. Sometimes when you're that size it takes a while for your strength to catch up to your build."
Lacy will probably redshirt his first season at Louisville to add strength and become acclimated with college life. One of his biggest challenges to prepare for college football will be getting stronger physically.
"I'm 305 right now," Lacy, who was one of the top offensive linemen at last week's Nike Camp in Columbus, Ohio, told InsideTheVille.com. "They want me to drop down to 290 and then get back up to 325. That's what they're looking to do with me. They'll probably redshirt me, which is what I prefer to do. They watched my film and talked about how well I run and get off the ball."
Lacy's addition further cements Louisville's 2013 recruiting class as the best in the Big East. Before his decision, the Cardinals recruiting class ranked No. 26 nationally in the Scout.com rankings.
"He's a very good kid," Peebles said. "As he continues to mature….the sky is limit for Skylar."