Lasco Talks Recruiting

The Woodlands junior Daniel Lasco is one of many top-flight running back prospects in the state of Texas in the 2011 class. On Friday in College Station at the 7-on-7 state tournament, he took the time to speak with Burnt Orange Beat.

The Woodlands' Daniel Lasco has been talked about in and around the Houston area since the 2007 season when he ran for over 200 yards in a playoff loss to Spring Westfield. Headed into 2008, there were lofty expectations for the then 6-1, 175-pound speedster.

Lasco delivered as a sophomore rushing for 1,132 yards and 11 touchdowns for the 5A playoff Highlanders. For his efforts, Lasco was named First Team All-District.

In the spring, college coaches traveled to The Woodlands in droves to take a look at the talented runner with legit 4.4 speed. What they saw was a back that had filled out considerably physically and had the appearance of a more of a running back body type.

With the improved development, colleges from around the country began their pursuit of the 2011 prospect. On Friday in College Station at the 7-on-7 state tournament, Lasco spoke to Burnt Orange Beat about the recruiting process and other topics.

Q: What have you been up to this summer? Have you taken any unofficial visits to colleges?

A: I have. I went to a vacation spot in Florida two weeks ago. I checked out the Florida schools. We flew into to Tampa Bay and drove to Key West. From there we went to Miami and I got to check out Miami. After Miami, we drove to Gainesville and I looked at Florida. We stopped by FSU on the way to where we were flying out. They were all nice and they are all up there for me.

I like Miami because they are a private school. Florida just put a lot of money into their facilities and they were really nice. I visited with the Miami coaches and got a tour of Florida from a couple of students.

Q: What camps have you attended this summer?

A: I went to the Texas camp June 14. That was the only one I have gone to. I was supposed to go to A&M, but didn't make it. Texas camp was real nice. There were a lot of people there. I like how the coaches talked to us individually. I think I did well.

Q: What is your summer strength and conditioning program like? Also, what do you weigh these days?

A: I'm about 195 pounds right now. I work out with a personal trainer named Gareth. A couple of buddies and I work out with Gareth every day. I also work with a speed guy. I work with those two guys every single day and it's been a really hard summer, but it's worth it.

Q: What schools are you considering?

A: Right now, I'm probably not going to stay in Texas. It's still up in the air and I have no idea for sure. Once colleges start talking to me is when I'll start leaning one way or the other.

Q: What position are colleges recruiting you to play? Running back or receiver?

A: The coaches I've talked to haven't told me anything yet. I have a feeling some schools will want me to stay at running back, but I also think some may want me to play receiver. I really want to stay at running back, but I really don't care if they want me to move to receiver as long as I play. I just want to play.

Q: You have toured some of the top programs in the nation, which school has the best facilities?

A: Probably Florida. Florida is extremely nice. Texas is really nice too. They have a lot of cool stuff there, but I'm not sure if I really want to go to a school that big.

Q: Who is the best player you have gone against?

A: Jamarcus McFarland was unstoppable. He was the best.

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