Jacob Lacey joined an exclusive list on Sunday.
That’s when the sophomore defensive tackle from Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren added a Notre Dame offer, becoming just the fifth Class of 2019 prospect to earn that distinction.
“I was in the car after camp, and the recruiting coordinator (Mike Elston) told me to call him back the next day,” Lacey said. “I called him on the way to my grandparents’ house and found out I was being offered. It was very unexpected but I’m excited and very thankful and happy.
“There was good competition there and I’m glad I did my best and showed them what I could do.”
The 6-foot-2, 290-pound defensive tackle held his own among defensive lineman competitors Hunter Echols, Stephen Herron, Kwity Paye and Notre Dame commitment Jonathon MacCollister.
“Coach Gilmore taught me new pass rush moves, how to use my feet more, and a couple of other things,” Lacey said. “Afterward he told me I did really good and to see what happens about an offer. I didn’t think it was going to come so soon. It’s kind of unreal.”
Lacey also received a tour of campus and met some of the current Notre Dame roster.
“Before the camp, we walked around and toured campus,” Lacey said. “It was beautiful. We also got to hang with the players. A lot of fun overall.”
Lacey also holds offers from Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Louisville and Tennessee. That means the Irish moved on Lacey even before the in-state Wildcats from Lexington.
“Right now I’m just enjoying everything and I’m thankful to be this position,” Lacey said. “I’m trying to enjoy the process and do my best to get better.”
Lacey will visit Alabama in July.