Recruiting: Lavey Says OSU Is 'Awesome'

Linebacker Caleb Lavey of Celina, Texas was on the move again this past week and weekend. Lavey and his family made a stop at Oklahoma State last Thursday and Friday to check out the school and also to watch Friday's 125-play spring football practice and scrimmage. Lavey has been pretty excited in his opinions about the Cowboys in the past and his comments have not changed much, if any all.

"It was awesome," said Lavey. "I got a good look at everything. I've told you that Jamie Blatnick (current OSU defensive end) is a good friend and a former teammate at Celina. Jamie took me around all over. He showed me everything exactly what life is like in Stillwater. I've met more players there than anywhere.

"I love the school. I love the coaches. I love everything about it and it really fits for me," Lavey added.

Lavey, who was wearing an OSU sweatshirt at the practice, spent quite a bit of time on the field at the practice talking to head coach Mike Gundy.

"Yes, I was wearing an OSU shirt and I'm wearing OSU shorts that I got up there right now," said Lavey. "I guess I am representing them. Coach Gundy is a good guy. I really like that for him it is not a business. We spent most of our time out there talking about the fish he'd caught in the pond behind his house, and he and I swapped fish stories."

Lavey left Stillwater and then went to Norman where on Saturday he attended the OU Red-White game.

"That went really good too," said the 6-3, 211-pound linebacker. "Norman is a lot like Stillwater. They are both small towns where I really fit better. The scrimmage or game was dominated by their defense and I had plenty of time to talk to Coach (Brent) Venables. We had a good talk and I really like Coach Venables. You can say all is well in Norman."

Lavey has posted knockout stats each season at tradition-rich Celina. Last season he earned All-State and many other honors with 200 total tackles to lead his team and five sacks, three fumbles caused, two fumbles recovered, three passes deflected, and four passes broken up. He is stout enough to come up and stuff the run and long and athletic enough for dropping into pass coverage.

Lavey has 19 scholarship offers at last count and has heard from the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Nebraska, Texas, along with the aforementioned OSU and OU. Baylor is also a strong player in the Lavey recruiting process. He hinted in our conversation that he may be getting close to coming up with a top choice.

"I've got a lot to think about because there are a lot of good schools and good things about different schools," he said. "I really need to pray about it. I could make my decision in the next week or so."

Whoever gets the good word from Lavey when he delivers it is going to be very happy. The young man is an outstanding football player and seems to be a really good individual.

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