South Warren, Ky., defensive tackle Jacob Lacey is not only one of the top 2019 prospects in the Bluegrass State, but also nationally.
On Saturday he joined a large group of recruits to make an unofficial visit at Louisville. The visit occurred at the KFC Yum! Center where the Cardinals basketball team defeated visiting Duke in front of more than 22,000 fans.
"Today's game was exactly what I needed," Lacey told Cardinal Authority. "It was just exciting and intense the whole game and I absolutely loved it."
In addition to taking in the action on the hardwood, Lacey also spent some time visiting with U of L defensive line coach L.D. Scott.
"We just talked about the game and family and the next time I'll be coming up, things like that," he said. "All in all it was a great day."
His relationship with coach Scott, also a former Cardinal defensive lineman, is key to his recruiting process.
"I absolutely love coach Scott," he said. "He will tell it like it is and is one of the best D-Line coaches around. Me and him are very close and hope to make the relationship even better."
The 6-foot-2, 300-pound prospect picked a scholarship offer from Louisville last April. He has also collected offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Tennessee and others.
"I just take it one day at a time and embrace it all," he said. "It makes me want to work harder because it's the football that makes you get recruited and grades so I'm just gonna keep grinding."
Lacey will make a return trip to U of L for the program's Junior Day.