Lache Seastrunk's recruitment has turned into a bit of a mystery, as the 5'10 185 pound junior from Temple who first burst o the scene last year with a spectacular highlight video has deftly avoided letting anyone know who really leads for his services.
"Still no favorites," replied Seastrunk on Monday, "I'm watching a lot of teams and just enjoying the process. I've got a few Junior Days I'll attend and I'm sure things will start to get clear."
It's already been a big off-season for the junior back who ran for 1541 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2008, that followed up a breakout sophomore season when Lache averaged an amazing eleven yards per carry and piling up 1532 yards and 19 touchdowns. Earlier this month, Seastrunk was named MVP of the US Army Junior Combine in San Antonio and Lache is also keeping busy with basketball as he's a member of Wildcats hoops team.
As it stands right now it appears LSU, Texas, USC, Auburn, Florida, Oklahoma and Michigan still lead in the race but at this early stage it's anyone's guess to exactly where he lands. Most observers close to the situation believe it's still LSU's race to lose. Lache currently holds offers from every program listed above save for Texas, but that could change on February 8 when he visits Texas and is expected to get the Junior Day offer. The only other Junior Day Seastrunk has committed to attending right now is LSU.
As for the off-season it'll stay busy as Seastrunk once hoops ends will jump right into track and field for Temple. He'll attend the Scout.com Combine and he plans on participating in some seven on seven as he hopes Temple can make their third State Tournament in a row this July at Texas A&M.
Stay tuned to TexasPrepInsider and Scout.com for more recruiting updates all off-season!!
From TexasPrepInsider.com (Kerry Cooper):
When you think of 5A Port Arthur Memorial Athletes like Jammal Charles comes to mind, each year the Titans produce some great Athletes and this Jr. class is no different. Jr. Earl Hines Linebacker for the Titans continues to impress Scouts. Hines made some big plays in 08 that help the Titans reach the Postseason under Head Coach Ronnie Thompson.
Hines is a 3 year starter for the Titans and had 120 tackles last season. The 4.6 40 Player looks for bigger things his Sr. year. "My goal is to be even better my Sr. season" said Hines. Hines attended the UnderArmor camp recently and was invited to Games at Texas and Oklahoma.
Hines plans on attending camps this Summer but has no plans on committing anytime soon. "I want to keep working hard and get better then focus on a decision my Sr. year" says Hines.
Earl Hines did it all during his sophomore campaign. He started at linebacker for Memorial High School in Port Arthur, racking up 128 tackles to go along with 11 sacks on his way to earning First Team All-District honors.
From TexasPrepInsider.com (Matt Stepp):
Often times overlooked in the embarrassment of riches in talent at DeSoto High just outside of Dallas, RB Marcus Murphy has emerged as one of the most exciting running back prospects in the area. The 5'9 170 pound tailback with 4.48 speed in the forty played a big role in DeSoto's trip to the Class 5A area playoffs in 2008.
A three year starter for the Eagles as a junior Marcus was named the District 11-5A Offensive Player of the Year and TexasPrepInsider third team all-area honors as he ran for 1274 yards and 17 touchdowns along with 524 receiving yards and six touchdowns. As a sophomore Marcus started on the defensive side of the ball at CB and in spot duty he ran for 187 yards and three touchdowns, Murphy was named honorable mention all-district in the secondary as well.
"I think my biggest strengths are my vision and explosiveness along with my ability to catch the ball," said the DeSoto junior who wants to work on getting stronger in the upper body this summer.
Murphy doesn't hold any offers at this time but all indications are that he's close to getting his first offer from California. Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Miami, Oregon and Texas A&M have also shown strong interest in Murphy, but Marcus is quick to point out no school stands out above the rest right now. Marcus mentions he plans on attending junior day at LSU and Oregon as well.
Marcus plans on keeping a busy summer schedule with two to three camps, along with the Scout.com Combine this spring. Murphy and DeSoto will also be busy playing seven on seven as they look for their first trip to the State Tournament in July.
Murphy who doesn't plan on making a decision any time soon says academics will play a role in his decision along with how the depth chart looks. Murphy and the rest of the talented DeSoto senior class are focused on one thing in 2009 and that's winning district and making a deep playoff run, "Obviously we want to win state, but there are a lot of good teams. We just need to work hard and take it one game at a time," said Murphy who has set some lofty personal goals for 2009 as he'd like to total 30 touchdowns and total 2500 yards.
From InsideMizzou.com: (James Bryant)
Blake Bell, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound prospect finished the 2008 season with over 3,200 yards passing with 37 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. He plans to wait a while before making a decision, but he could decide before the 2009 season.
"Missouri hasn't offered me yet, hopefully they will," Bell said. "They are sending me a lot of letters and showing a lot of interest so far."
Bell has grown up around football all of his life. His father Mark and his uncle Mike Bell both played in the NFL, the younger Bell grew up with a football in his hand.
"I love the game that's for sure," Bell said. "It was fun growing up around it all the time. We are big time Kansas City Chief fans, we go to most of their games."
Bell is looking forward to taking an unofficial visit to Columbia later this spring, he has heard nothing but great things about the campus and school from his Missouri friends.
While Bell admits liking Missouri, he is quick to point out another football program he is impressed with.
"I like Kansas a lot," Bell said. "They are probably my early favorite, but I plan on keeping an open mind and check out all the schools that offer me before making a final decision."
While Bell doesn't set a time table on making a decision, he won't hesitate to pull the trigger once he finds that perfect fit.
"If it comes to me, and I like the school I will make my decision," Bell said. "I could see myself making a decision before the start of next season."
"I am going to look at the coaches and academics. Football can only take you so far. I want to see how the offense is run and stuff like that."
Bell earned First team All-State honors last fall and was named Kansas' Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior.
Currently Bell has made plans to attend junior days at Oklahoma, Kansas and Kansas State.