The recruiting game is keeping the Hun School (Princeton, N.J.) defensive end prospect on his toes and the offers just keep rolling in.
In addition to his performances on the field, coaches see a unique combination of size, speed and power; he's 6-foot-6, weighs 260, runs a 4.65 in the 40, and squats 445.
That's why so many are making trips to his high school as the evaluation period shifts into full swing. Despite the crowded field, LaLota knows some important facts about the Spartan program.
"I know they have a good football team and a strong football tradition," he says. "They're an upcoming … team in the next couple of years."
LaLota says he has spoken with defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi a few times, but there has been little contact of late.
With so many offers (many from elite programs) is he tempted to make a quick decision?
"If I'm ready to make a decision and I feel comfortable, then I'll have it done before the season," he says. "But if not, it will have to wait a little bit longer until after the season."
If things do stretch out longer, what about official visits?
"It depends on where I am in the decision making process, but it's something I would look forward to doing," he says. He does not currently have a top-five.
Although it's not a deal-breaker, LaLota says playing close to home would provide the perk of keeping family close.
And he says academics, particularly as a Business major, will play a strong role in his ultimate decision.