Texas and LSU Lead for Lache Seastrunk

So far, there's been little question as to who the top running back in the state of Texas is for the Class of 2010. Temple's Lache Seastrunk has already drawn attention from schools across the nation because of his remarkable athletic talent, which he put on display at the Scout.com Combine in Dallas. Among the schools courting him, Texas and LSU stand out for Seastrunk, but which has the edge?

As only a high school sophomore, Lache Seastrunk was nearly unstoppable.

This past season, the Temple running back put up over 1600 yards and 22 touchdowns on just 130 rushes, giving the talented sophomore an average of almost 13 yards per carry. Seastrunk has an exceptional level of quickness, vision and balance and he showed it on Saturday at the Scout.com Combine in Dallas. Where he grabbed the most attention, though, was in the 40.

The clocks were unforgiving at the combine. Despite all the talent, because of the stringent emphasis on accuracy, there wasn't a player at the event who ran under a 4.5, save one: Seastrunk. The 2010 prospect put up a 4.41, which was by far the fastest time at the event, but he told Inside Texas after his run that he felt he could have put up an even faster time.

"I could have broken a 4.3 if I didn't come out so wide, but still I came out and did what I was supposed to do. I'm real blessed and I just thank God every day for it," said Seastrunk.

Seastrunk is the kind of talent any school in country would love to have, but there are two universities that are in the lead: LSU and Texas.

The Temple running back has already visited the 40 Acres as an invite to the Longhorns' spring game. Seastrunk came away from Texas impressed with the atmosphere.

"It was nice. They make you feel real welcome, feel real at home at Texas," said Seastrunk. "It's a blessing that they're looking at me, too."

Seastrunk likes Longhorns, but if he had to make a decision today, Austin would probably not be in his future plans.

"LSU is my No. 1 pick. Texas is my No. 2. No. 3 is Michigan," said Seastrunk, who also mentioned Miami as another school of interest.

However, Seastrunk also said that Texas and LSU are both very, very close and that his decision between the two will be very difficult.

"They're really close in my heart," said Seastrunk. "The reason I like LSU is because they're in one of the toughest conferences in the division. In the SEC, it's all about speed, everything. If you can make it in the SEC, you can make it anywhere. The Big 12, oh, there's God-given ability, talent everywhere in the Big 12. It's just whoever makes me feel at home, really."

So, what is it that will put one school over the other when the process is through? Seastrunk listed two main factors.

"They've got to have high academic rates. They've got to have the best strength and conditioning program that will make you faster," said Seastrunk.

He followed up by saying that academics is the most important factor. Seastrunk has a 3.3 GPA at Temple and said life beyond football is very important to him. Wherever he ends up, he plans on having a long, careful decision process to make sure he's absolutely certain he's where he needs to be.

"I'm going to think about it, talk to my family and put God first and ask where I should really go," said Seastrunk. "I'll put it in his hands and make my final decision."

For now, Seastrunk is focused on preparing for his junior season, but there are a lot of letters, phone calls and visits in front of him.

"I'm just trying to find where I'm welcome the most," said Seastrunk. "I'm just trying to find a home."


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