Class of 2005 Prospect - MS OL D.J. Lacey

D.J. Lacey (Raymond HS, 6-5, 315), a MAC second-team All-State selection this past season, is proving to be one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Mississippi and possibly one of the top 25 players in the state.

D.J. Lacey Profile:

I met D.J. for the first time when he was a freshman. While he was a big kid even back then, there was no way to know if he was going to be a big-time recruit. Based on the excitement that he is generating among head coaches, now we know.

I'll let D.J. put it in his own words.

"(Ole Miss) Coach Cutcliffe came to see me Friday," said D.J.. "I was shocked. He came to the school, watched me and then left. (Ole Miss assistant) Coach Hopson was also there with him. I could tell they liked me because I could hear them saying things to my coach."

That wasn't the first time that he had seen Coach Cutcliffe. He got to meet him personally at Ole Miss' Junior Day this past spring.

"I met Coach Cutcliffe face to face when I went to Ole Miss," said D J.. "He and my dad talked for a long time. In fact, he came back and talked with my dad over and over."

Coach Cutcliffe hasn't been the only head coach that really seems to like D J.. Southern Miss head coach Jeff Bower also has liked what he has seen.

"I liked the way he came at me," D.J. said about Bower, whom he met when he visited USM last year. "When he shook my hand and talked to me, it was really nice because he was really excited about me and hoped I could come to his camp. He said he really thought that I would be a great asset to his college."

Another coach that he would like to meet but hasn't, is new Mississippi State head coach Sly Croom.

"I haven't met Coach Croom yet," said D.J.. "I haven't been back to Mississippi State since the basketball game. I am really looking forward to meeting him because I want to talk to him and find out what kind of person he is."

While he has been to several colleges and met a couple of head coaches, a true indication of how interested colleges are in a prospect is whether they call the prospect or come by his school. D.J. is definitely doing well in those two areas.

"The Southern Miss coach called me right before you called me," said D.J.. "Mississippi State has called me. I believe it was Woody McCorvey that called me. (Ole Miss) Coach Hopson hasn't called me yet, but I expect he will.

"I also saw Coach Hopson at the Clinton jamboree. The Arkansas coach was also at the Clinton jamboree. I've also seen (coaches from) Alabama, Auburn, MSU, Southern Miss, watch me at practice."

While he is still waiting for that first scholarship offer, D.J. is having fun thinking about the schools that are showing interest in him. He's even given some thought as to which schools he is most interested in at this point in his recruitment.

"My favorites," said D.J., "are Tennessee, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn and if I wanted to add a dream one, Miami."

Although he has camps invitations from numerous schools, including Arkansas, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Notre Dame, D.J., because of his summer job and working out with two former NFL players this summer, is not sure he will be able to attend any but the Memphis camp, which he plans on attending in a week or two.

"I've been looking around and I know I'm going to Memphis in a week or two," said D.J.. "I may not go to many camps this summer because I'm going to work with a former Miami player and a former Atlanta player. When I get off work, I'm going to be staying at their house doing drills."

Gene's Page will have additional updates on D.J. as his recruitment heats up this summer and next fall.

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