"ULM was my latest offer and that brought me to sixteen," Lashley said. "I have been hearing a lot from UCLA lately too. I have talked with the offensive line coach (Adrian Klemm) out there a few times. They haven't offered me yet, but they are showing a lot of interest. They're supposed to be coming to see me.
"Minnesota has been recruiting me pretty hard lately too. I have been hearing from the offensive line coach (Matt Limegrover) and the defensive coordinator (Tracy Claeys) some. I think they may end up offering me, but they have been keeping in touch with me a pretty good bit."
Should the Bruins and Gophers elect to offer, the two programs would join a growing field of suitors that will likely surpass twenty by the end of the spring evaluation period.
With offers in hand from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and South Carolina, Lashley admits that things have taken off a bit quicker than he anticipated.
"I didn't think all of this would happen this early for me, but I hoped it would once people found out about me," Lashley said. "I am enjoying the process and enjoying getting to know all of these coaches. I have enjoyed going to visit the schools and learning what all of the schools have to offer. I would like to go see some more of the schools that have offered, but me and my mama will have to sit down and figure all of that out. We aren't going to be able to go everywhere."
Mississippi State was one of the first schools to offer the West Point, Mississippi standout. Lashley recently attended a junior day even in Starkville and then followed it up with a return visit for a Bulldog practice last week.
"I have a good relationship with all of the coaches over there and I like Coach (John) Hevesy," Lashley said. "I have a good time when I go over there and they are always glad to see me. Coach Hevesy seems like a good coach and I know they work hard over there."
The Bulldogs are one of several schools that are in contention, but Lashley has elected to play his cards close to the vest for now.
"I don't really have any favorites right now," Lashley. "I am keeping everybody even right now, while I see what all of the schools have to offer. My mom hasn't been able to visit a lot of the schools with me yet and I want her to see as many as she can.
"It's been me and her my whole life, so she is going to be a big part of my decision. I know she wants to get to know everything about the school I end up going to. I know she's going to want to see all of that and get to know all of the coaches."
There has been some talk that Lashley would announce his college decision prior to his senior season, but things appear more fluid than previously thought.
"I am just not sure when I am going to make my decision," Lashley explained. "I need to sit down with my mama and talk about all of that. We just haven't really sat down and talked about all of that. We will do all of that pretty soon, but I am just not sure if it's going to be before the season or after the season. I am just enjoying the recruiting process right now.
"My mama is going to support me no matter where I go and she is going to let me make my own decision. She is going to be a big part of it though. She is going to help me figure all of this out and I have to think about what's best for me and my family when I make this decision."