Adrian Ealy made quite a name for himself this past summer.
The 2017 prospect picked up four major offers — LSU, Texas, Florida State and Florida — in the span of only a few weeks. He was later named by Scout as a four-star prospect and eventually earned the right to replace now LSU freshman Garrett Brumfield as University Lab’s starting left tackle.
“It’s going good so far,” Ealy said. “Big shoes like Garrett’s, you’ve got to work hard. I talk to him a lot. He teaches me a lot of moves. I’m trying to put them on the field and make a name for myself.”
And all the college attention he receives…
“It’s a blessing,” Ealy said. “It shows they’re looking at my talent, and I’m just trying to get better and better.”
Ealy — who stands 6-foot-6, 260 pounds — has had some help taking the recruiting process in stride. He’s gone on several visits with close friend and teammate Dylan Moses, one of only two five-star prospects in the 2017 class. It seems like Moses, an LSU commit, has been on the recruiting scene for years now, and he’s helped Ealy get used to that circus.
“We’ve always been together. It’s amazing,” Ealy said. “Dylan’s a great player. He’s a good person to go around with, because he teaches me a lot of things with recruiting. It’s real good being with Dylan.”
It certainly helps LSU’s efforts with Ealy to have Moses in their corner.
The Tigers were the first school to offer Ealy, and they’ve made a big push for him since. Ealy has spent a ton of time around the LSU coaches and in their facility, and that has given the Tigers an early advantage in his recruitment.
“They’re on top right now,” Ealy said. “They show me mad love. I’m always there, so I’m always going to have a heart for LSU.”
Ealy has attended all three of LSU’s home games this season, and going to school at nearby U-High affords him opportunities to pop over to the LSU football facility almost any time he wants.
And when he does, he spends most of his time with the man who’d like to be his position coach. Ealy said LSU’s Jeff Grimes is the college coach with whom he has the closest relationship.
“I’m always talking to him when I go to the games or when Dylan and I go chill at the facility,” Ealy said. “He’s always teaching me how to get more flexible and some good pointers to put on the field…He says I’m a young man that shows a lot of talent, even when I go up against older people and top recruits. He said I can compete with him.”
But LSU isn’t the only school Ealy’s considering at the moment. In addition to his three other offers, Ealy said he’s getting interest from Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Clemson.
He named Florida State as the school currently in second place.
“I got offered at their camp,” Ealy said. “It’s beautiful. Florida State’s in the top two because they’re showing me a lot of love out there. They worked with me individually, showing me some good things to put on the field.”
He’s also high on Texas, another school he visited this summer. He plans to attend the Longhorns game against Baylor on Oct. 4.
“I love their facilities,” Ealy said. “I love everything about Texas. I love Texas, period. I liked the coaching staff. They worked us real hard at the camps.”
Though he considers LSU a second home, he’s taking a realistic approach to this process. He understands a better opportunity may await him elsewhere, and he’s open to anything and everything.
“I always have my eyes open to go look at other places,” Ealy said. “LSU isn’t the only school I have on my radar. I have a lot of other schools I’m looking at.”
What will ultimately make his decision is where he feels most comfortable though. That certainly sounds like good news for LSU, but Ealy admits he still has a long way before any decision is made.
“I just want to go where I feel at home,” he said. “Where I can always feel like I made the right choice to come to school. I’m just looking deeper for more information and hoping to get closer to the coaches.”
2017 Adrian Ealy has LSU on top
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