Earlier this month, Vanderbilt became the latest school to offer 2019 South Warren (Ky) defensive tackle Jacob Lacey and the Commodores are a school that intrigues the 6'2 300 pound lineman and he has plans to visit in the near future.
"I was excited when I received word about the Vanderbilt offer. I like them a lot and I think their program has a bright future. I definitely plan to visit some time this summer and I am excited about seeing what they have to offer," said Lacey.
The Commodores coaching staff had their eye on Lacey for some time but they go about things differently in recruiting compared to others. The staff does their research and makes sure the players they recruit fit not only on the field but also off of it as well.
Lacey fits the mold for what they want in a student athlete and talking with the 2019 lineman, you can tell why earning a high level college education is very important to him and why finding the perfect situation of education and football is what he's looking for throughout his recruitment.
"The whole process has been great so far and I'm glad I have the offer from Vanderbilt to consider because that's a school that interest me because their education and placement in the SEC," he said. "You can earn an outstanding degree from Vanderbilt while playing at a high level in college football. Education is important to me as I want to major in engineering. Playing big time football is important too, so finding a place that offers the best of both worlds is what I am looking for. Who knows, Vanderbilt could be that school but I have a long ways to go in my process, so I'm just taking everything in right now."
The education and playing in the SEC is working in Vanderbilt's favor but Lacey's early relationship with the Commodores staff also plays a factor as well.
"My relationship with the staff has been great so far. Coach (C.J.) Ah You stays in contact with me as much as he can but I like how he talks with me. It's all comfortable with him, so I'm looking forward to visiting and meeting the entire staff in person."
The Bowling Green area lineman is already viewed as possibly one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the country and if you don't think so, his current offer list says otherwise.
Even before his junior season begins, Lacey already holds offers from the likes of Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan St, Notre Dame, Penn St, Purdue, Tennessee and others. More programs like Clemson, Florida St, Ohio St, Oregon and more are interested and could be on the verge of offering.
Lacey is planning to visit Vanderbilt some time this summer but besides his trip to Nashville, he has plans to camp with two power five programs while also throwing in a few more visits before the start his junior year of high school.
"I have taken a lot of visits over the past year, so besides the visit to Vanderbilt, I don't have anything else set up but I'm sure I will take another visit or two at some point this summer," he said. "I do have plans to camp at both Clemson and Stanford. I'm looking forward to both but I'm also looking forward to some down time as well."