BEAREA, Ohio – At 6-foot-2, 301-pounds, 2019 defensive tackle Jacob Lacey is a load in the middle of the defense.
And that was evident on Sunday at Nike’s Opening Regional held at Cleveland Brown’s practice facility, where Lacy used every bit of his unique size and speed to earn his way into the top-10 of the lineman 1-on-1s.
Recruiting-wise, top teams are taking notice of the rising sophomore’s talent, too.
In fact, Michigan has been in contact with the Bowling Green, Ky., standout lately, and his plan is to visit Michigan’s campus later today.
“Just looking forward to meeting the defensive staff, checking out the facilities, I don’t know much about Michigan so it would be good to see everything and meet all the coaches,” Lacey said, when interviewed at Nike’s Opening Regional on Sunday.
However, Layce’s invite to U-M’s campus came personally from defensive line coach Greg Mattison, who made it a point to Lacey that he’s a top priority in the Wolverines’ 2019 class.
“He watched my film and said he was only taking two defensive lineman for the 2019 class,” Lacey said of Mattison. “He told me I was No. 1 on that board. That was real exciting to hear. So when I go up thereon Thursday in Gods name I hope we get the offer, but if not I’ll just keep on working. I just hope everything goes well.”
And what would a Michigan offer mean to Lacey?
“It would mean the world,” Lacey said. “Michigan has always been a great program. I love the way they play defense. They always win and that’s what I love about it.”
Adding an offer would put Michigan in a prime spot in his recruitment too.
“They would definitely be towards the top,” Lacey said. “Jim Harbaugh is a great coach. There is nothing terrible about Michigan at all, they win, they have great academics, I can’t wait to go.”
Currently, Lacey holds notable offers from Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan State, among others. He says he plans to visit all these schools looking for a certain credential offered in each program.
“As it goes along there is going to be good programs, one of the big things for my family is academics,” Lacy said. “Because my brother goes to West Pointe, my mom is a school teacher, academics is a big part of our lives. I’m a straight A student, so when comes to being a student-athlete that definitely helps out.