East coast LB has Nebraska on early list

Nebraska is scouring the nation once again and have found a gem in Maryland. This standout may be being looked at to play inside linebacker, but he is also a standout on the offensive side of the ball playing running back. He is already sitting on some very nice offers and has Nebraska standing out to him of those offers.

Pat Lazear isn't a household name yet in the recruiting world, but he will be. The 6-foot and 235 pound standout from Bethesda (Md.) Walt Whitman has a 4.6/40 and was a leader on a team that didn't show very well last year.

"We really did terrible, actually," Lazear said. "We went 4-6. We had a really young team this year, we only had three seniors that played. No one really expected us to do well, but we had some good players."

"I had 125 tackles, nine sacks, and five forced fumbles on defense. On offense I played tailback. I had 1200 yards, 18 touchdowns, 500 yards receiving and two kick returns for touchdown. I got all-metropolitan area, all-county player of the year, all-league and all-state. Those were all on defense."

Those type of numbers will get schools' attention. He is already holding seven offers and has some ideas about favorites. "Everyone is looking me to play linebacker. Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Maryland, West Virginia, Pitt and Marshall. The first to offer me was Maryland."

"I want to go somewhere warm, but a place that isn't humid. I'd like to go down South, but I am not ruling out Nebraska because they are a good school. My favorites of my offers would be Oklahoma and Nebraska. But I also like Florida and Alabama, but I haven't visited those schools so I couldn't make any decisions now."

"Climate isn't the first thing. It's sort of an extra thing. The first thing would be the coaches. I have got to like them. Next is playing time. I am graduating in December so I can play spring ball at the college I go to. I want to start my freshman year."

Lazear gives himself the biggest advantage over everyone else by his experience. "I am playing inside linebacker and everyone is looking at me to play inside. I have been playing since I was six, so I know the game way better than most people. I have good pre-snap reads. I have been called a tough player. I am a good tackler. I am fast and strong."

Lazear isn't heading to any camps this summer, but he is planning on hitting some combines and taking some summer trips. Those trips will be vital to Lazear determining where he will be going next year.

"I am not going to any camps, but I am planning on visiting some schools over spring break, probably Alabama, Tennessee, and Nebraska and maybe Oklahoma, but I am not sure. I am going to the Adidas combine at NC State. I am going to the Nike combine at Penn State. Maryland has a junior combine and an elite combine for the top 100 so I will go to those."

Being from Maryland, it would be understandable if Lazear didn't know much about Nebraska. However, he actually is quite familiar with Nebraska. He also knows that Bethesda and Nebraska share a tradition that surrounds their respective defenses.

"I just know that their tradition is great and they have a great program. Obviously I will be playing defense and that defense is just known for kicking butt pretty much. They have the Blackshirts and at my school we do that too. Starting defense gets a black shirt and their name is on it and stuff."

As mentioned before, those summer trips for Lazear are very important. There might now be any official visits in the cards for Lazear. "I might not be taking any official visits because I would like to commit in August before the season. I am trying to get all of that out of the way. It's just so I don't have to worry about it, get it out of the way and graduate high school."

Lazear is in peak shape right now coming off of wrestling. It isn't something that he will lose either with his training. "Wrestling just got over. I think that it got over two weeks ago. I got third in state. I am wrestling at 215. I wrestled at 189 my freshman year. I am not doing track because I have baseball. I have a personal trainer and I work out four times a week. I am working on my speed, my endurance and my agility."

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