Chris Lacy: His Coach's Take

Chris Lacy caught 60 passes for 1,206 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season for DeSoto (Texas) High School. With National Signing Day set for Wednesday, we visited with DeSoto head coach Claude Mathis about Lacy and his future with the Cowboys.

th a physical corner. But once he gets that down, but once (Cowboys) wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn gets ahold of him and starts working with him he'll be fine.

Do you think he has a chance to make an instant impact or will there be an adjustment period for him?
Mathis: Most of our kids are pretty much ready to come play when they go to college. I think it depends on what they have open in the general aspects of the offense. I think if there's an opening and he picks up the offense very well I think he'll be able to contribute this year.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Mathis: They throw the ball very well. Coach (Mike) Gundy has done a great job with that program. They run a spread offense and tempo, just like we do. He fit very well into our offense here and our offense was pretty much just like theirs. I think that was part of his decision.

What do you think he is capable of accomplishing over the course of his college career at OSU?
Mathis: I think the most important thing is he's going to get his degree because he's very smart. Number two, I think he's going to have some career marks there with the opportunities he's going to have once they put him in the opportunity to be successful, which they will. I think his career can be very, very good over a four-year span, where he is one of the guys they are targeting and going to on a regular basis.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Mathis: That Chris surprised me in track (Mathis is also DeSoto's track coach). I didn't know he was that fast until we got him on the track last year when he ran for me. That's got to be one of the most memorable things because I knew about football I knew he could do. I knew he was really, really good at football. He broke some records here, including a 12-catch game in which he went off. That's probably what I'll remember most about him. He made some big plays for us.

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