Offers rolling in

Eddie Lacy has been mentioned as one of the South's top running backs since his sophomore year and he is finally starting to pick up the scholarship offers to support all of the hype.

Eddie Lacy

Lacy (6-0, 210, 4.44) emerged onto the scene as a sophomore when he ran for 1,207 yards and scored 19 touchdowns on 178 carries.

He followed that up with a banner year as a junior when he ran for more than 2,000 yards and found pay dirt 26 times.

College coaches have been keeping tabs on the Dutchtown (La.) product for over two years now and he has started to assemble a nice collection of offers.

"He has six offers right now," said Dutchtown head coach Benny Saia. "He has Oklahoma, Tennessee, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech. Minnesota, Oklahoma State and Tech are in writing and he may have Oklahoma in writing too but I don't know. The others are verbal right now."

One school missing from the list of offers is LSU, which is less than 30 minutes away from Dutchtown, but that doesn't mean the Tigers aren't interested.

"I've talked to coach (Gary) Crowton and I've heard they really like him but they are waiting to see his grades and see if he qualifies," said Saia.

Academics are a hot topic on internet message boards when Lacy's name is mentioned but Saia says it's way too early to make a definitive statement on whether or not he will qualify.

"He made a 17 on the ACT but he is going to have to pull some grades up to get that core," said Saia. "It's a doable thing but it's going to come down to the end. He's got to make A's and B's to get there but he is going to have a chance because he is taking the right classes to do it."

There has also been some talk of Lacy leaning to wanting to go out-of-state to play college ball and then some talk that LSU was the team to beat if the Tigers offer.

At this stage of the game, however, all of that is just talk according to Dutchtown's headman.

"I don't think Eddie has a favorite," Saia said. "I think he's wide open and doesn't know what he wants to do. I think if he makes his grades he will be able to go anywhere he wants but where that is I don't think even Eddie knows at this point."

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