Syracusefan.com catches up with JC OT
One of the most intriguing prospects remaining on Syracuse's recruiting board is College of the Canyons (Calif.) offensive lineman Kainoa LaCount. LaCount, who originally committed to Oregon State in high school before falling just short of qualifying, would be a big addition to the Orange roster, both literally and figuratively.
The 6-foot-7, 290-pound tackle was originally scheduled to take an official visit to Syracuse this weekend, but the trip has been re-scheduled for next weekend. He's being recruited by offensive line coach Chris Wiesehan, who tripped to California this fall to check out the big Hawaii native in person and become involved in his recruitment.
"He's good, he seems like a nice guy," said LaCount, a laid-back, understated personality.
LaCount's visit will be huge in determining what type of chance SU has, because he doesn't know anyone else there on the staff or the roster. So what, exactly, is he looking for?
Coaches that "are easy to get along with and if you've got a problem you can go in and solve it, and not just football," he said. "I'm really just trying to get there and play and graduate, and hopefully get drafted. Nothing really big, just trying to get out."
LaCount said his biggest strength is that he's quicker than most players of his size, and that makes sense since he reportedly has a 32-inch vertical and a 40 time in the 5.1-second range. He averaged 20-plus points per game on the basketball court as a high school senior and was recruited for hoops by Utah State.
"That was my first sport in high school, but you have to stop playing basketball eventually," he said.
Being from Hawaii, one might think LaCount would look for a warm climate, but that's not the case. The other schools he's looking most closely at – Kansas State and Iowa State – aren't exactly tropical. He does have interest from Pac 10 schools but isn't concerned about staying out West and enjoying the warm weather.
"I'm ready for whatever," LaCount said.
We also asked what sort of timetable he has for making a choice.
"I really don't want to wait too long. I just want to take these couple of visits and see where I fit in best, and do it sometime soon," he said.
After SU, LaCount will likely visit Kansas State and come up with a decision in the relatively near future. Stay tuned to Syracusefan.com and Scout.com for the latest…
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