Highlights, Analysis of Oklahoma State Defensive End Pledge Tyler Lacy

Scout and GoPokes.com take a closer look at new Oklahoma State pledge Tyler Lacy, the No. 7 defensive end prospect in the state of Texas for 2018.

The above video features junior-season highlights of 2018 defensive end Tyler Lacy.

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Tyler Lacy, 2018 DE, Sachse (Texas)

Size: 6-4, 230

Recruiting: Lacy committed April 30 to Oklahoma State, which offered him April 15. He also owns offers from Texas Tech, Houston, UConn, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Marshall, North Texas, SMU, Texas State, ULM, and UTSA. He's received interest from programs such as Baylor and Texas.

Rankings: Scout ranks Lacy as the No. 7 defensive end prospect in the state of Texas for 2018, as well as No. 66 nationally among defensive ends in his class.

Stats

2016: As a junior, Lacy recorded 34 tackles, six tackles for loss, 3 1/2 sacks, one forced fumble, and four QB hurries as he helped Sachse to an 11-1 record and a Texas Class 6A Division I second-round playoff appearance.

Evaluation notes

Tyler Lacy is a Power Five conference-caliber defensive line prospect who likely projects best as a strong-side end in a four-man front. He possesses a P5 frame as he projects to college and should be able to hold a significant amount of additional weight.

Lacy holds up well against the run in multiple facets. He can track plays to the outside, closes fairly quickly when pursuing from he backside, and also shows good strength at the point of attack when playing the run toward the inside gap. His length allows him to disengage or fight through blocks to disrupt plays.

Additionally, Lacy appears to play with a high motor, which is always an encouraging trait for a young prospect, regardless of position. He also does a good job in playing relatively low for a taller, longer-limbed D-lineman, a type of prospect who often struggles with leverage.

While he is fairly quick off the ball at times, Lacy can improve his overall explosiveness. His lateral agility is an area he can focus as he prepares for college. Lacy is also pretty raw as a pass-rusher, though he has the physical tools to become an effective weapon in that area of the game. As he develops his pass-rushing repertoire, that aforementioned wingspan will be of great value.

Playing inside on passing downs may not be out of the question depending on how much weight he adds to his current 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame. Overall, Lacy is a solid P5-level defensive line prospect with a great frame that should allow him a fairy high developmental ceiling in college. - Gabe Brooks

Strengths
  • Disengaging skills/fighting through blocks
  • Frame potential
  • Pad level/leverage

Areas to Improve
  • Hip flexibility/lateral agility
  • Pass-rushing skills
  • Suddenness/explosion

Junior highlights


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