Frisco maybe didn't have the greatest season last year, but it hasn't stopped teams from not recruiting o-lineman Taylor Lasecki. The junior is hearing from SMU, Virginia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Air Force, Notre Dame, Washington, Oklahoma State, and Auburn
"I'm really wanting a place with good academics. I get pretty good grades, so I want to excel in academics," said Lasecki to PonyStampede.com. "I'm looking for a coaching staff that I have a really good feel for them. A group that is easy to talk to and I could have a conversation with. I'm not going to say that I don't want to be far away, but I like being around my family. I like to be close to home so that is a plus."
With not many local schools on the offensive tackle at this point, SMU is in good position if they decide to offer, and the junior decides that staying close to home is the most important thing. Recently, he took in SMU junior day, his only junior day visit so far.
"I liked it. It's close to home and I sort of want that. I like the direction the program is headed. I saw what Coach Jones did at Hawaii and I like that a lot," said the offensive lineman. "Most of the other schools that are recruiting me are out of state, so it would be hard for me to get to some other junior days, but I'm going to maybe try to hit some camps."
At 6'3, 258 pounds, Lasecki's main recruiting coach is SMU offensive line coach Adrian Klemm. The former NFL offensive tackle knows a thing or two about spotting guys on the offensive line. With his experience, it might just be what SMU needs to get the leg up on the junior o-lineman.
"I just know that he is going to know everything. Just talking with him, I really like him. He seems like an awesome guy. With him having starting experience in the NFL, he knows what it takes to get to the next level. I would like to be coached by him," said the Frisco product.
Frisco primarily ran a run style offense last season, but a passing style isn't out of the norm for Lasecki. As a sophomore, the Raccoons ran a spread like offense, and as senior Frisco will be reverting back to the spread.
"I really like run blocking. I can drive them back. Pass blocking for me isn't as strong as my run blocking, but I'm athletic enough that I can do it. Last year I only allowed one sack the whole year," said the junior. "I feel that I'm very versatile and can adjust quickly. Playing in college with a team that passes won't be a problem."
So when is the 2011 prospect looking to commit?
"If I get a good feel for a school, I don't know. I want to take a visit at SMU, because I haven't really got to see the whole campus. I would like to get a decision done before my senior season, so I can focus on my senior year."
PonyStampede.com will have an update as it becomes available.