DeSoto, Texas, standout all-state wide receiver Chris Lacy knew a lot about quarterback Mason Rudolph, now his OSU classmate, from his own evaluation.
"Yes, I watched Mason Rudolph and some of his senior highlights, and I've seen he can really throw the football," Lacy said with a grin. "He can throw the deep ball. He looks perfect to me, and I can't wait to start playing with him and all the other players at Oklahoma State."
Catching deep balls is something Lacy showed everybody he could do this past season, which ended for DeSoto with a heartbreaking semifinal loss in the playoffs to eventual champion Allen. Lacy came out of his junior season as a possession-type receiver, averaging 11.7 yards a reception, but Lacy caught 60 passes for 1,206 yards (just short of 19 yards a catch) as a senior, and improved his touchdown total from three as a junior to 16 last fall. Oklahoma State had him committed before his senior year, and the Cowboys had already recognized his long-ball potential.
"Last year we had Dontre Wilson (Ohio State running back) and receivers where they didn't need me so much, and I was just a guy that caught short passes," Lacy explained. "But this season, being a senior, in the game against South Grand Prairie I got the chance to show them my speed, caught a pass and took off down the field. I proved to my coaches I could run, so from then on they kept throwing the ball to me deep."
Lacy loves his family and his hometown. In fact, he is really proud of the high school that he came out of. He knows that in DeSoto as a young football player you can dream and dream big.
"In this town it all pans off, from little league to high school, it gives guys a chance to develop and be ready to go play at the next level," said the 6-3, 185-pound wide receiver. "It's not unusual for us to have a dozen or more coaches at our practices in the spring. We have a lot of recruiters here every day."
Lacy also is driven by his strong faith. "My faith in God is very important to me, and I want to stay going to church and Bible study," he added, saying he attends the Antioch Fellowship Missionary Church in Dallas.
Between growing up in a town that loves football and possessing a strong faith, Lacy has made it far and is ready to go further. As he sat there on signing day in the DeSoto gymnasium signing his ceremonial National Letter of Intent, he could look either way and see 13 of his teammates doing the same thing. Lacy said it felt really cool to be part of the Eagle tradition in that way, as well as moving on to be part of the Cowboy tradition.