Lasco ready for primetime action

While we love bringing you a good portion of high school news and updates, we also want to feature some of the state's top athletes, while getting a quick look at what's the latest on the college recruiting front. Today, we feature The Woodlands running back Daniel Lasco, who had a stellar Week 1 performance. This is a TPI Premium article.

Going into his junior season, The Woodlands (TX) running back Daniel Lasco was no sleeper. After a sophomore season when he gained more than yards and touchdowns, the word was out. 

Now as a junior, Lasco is adding to his resume. To date, he is averaging 11.3 yards per carry and has a total of 339 yards and six touchdowns. More recently, top prospects went off against the Lone Star State's No. 1 team Katy running for 258 yards and four touchdowns.

"Ever since we beat them last year, this team had no doubt that we could do it again. Our coaches got us prepared and we had a good game plan," Lasco said. "We just simply went out there and got the job done."

Last season, the win was much more decisive as the Highlanders blanked Katy 47-0. And by comparison, that team had many more players returning (16 as opposed to 8), unlike the 2009 squad. That did not matter. 

But with some of the personnel lost to graduation, the 6-foot, 193-pound Lasco understood that his role might change some.

"When Andy (McCloud) graduated, I knew there was a chance we would be running the ball more," Lasco said. "So I gained some weight and the offensive lineman got to working hard too all summer long. And that is why we are able to do things we do."

Lasco credits most, if not all, of his production to five solid offensive linemen. With their assistance, Lasco has made quite a name for himself. Not only in the Bayou City but also amongst college recruiters.

Though he was already holding offers, September 1 marked the day when colleges could send the official written paper stating there was a scholarship available. So Tuesday and the rest of the week was a good for Lasco.

"I got offers in from Texas A&M, Miami, Arkansas, Tennessee and Houston," Lasco said. "It's an exciting feeling to get all of these offers in because this is something I have worked for most of my life. It's a great day that had finally come."

While Lasco is excited about all of the offers that have come, some were somewhat of a shock.

"The offers from Arkansas, Houston and Miami were surprising," Lasco said. "I'm just fortunate that all of these schools want me to play for them."

And while of this recruiting news is great, there is a more pressing issue at hand, the 2009 football season. There are goals in place set by The Woodlands team that they would like to see manifest.

"We have gotten some good wins and we know that we have the target on us. We cannot let is get to us as we want to play for 14 more weeks," Lasco said implying that the team seeks a state championship opportunity. "Honestly, that is my focus right now. Maybe half way through the season I'll go catch a game or two from some of the Texas schools.

"But as far as out-of-state, I don't know."

The Woodlands will travel to the Southeast side of town this weekend to take on Clear Lake this Saturday.

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