Lackey talks about Hawaii commitment

Even though he has yet to play a down of football at the JUCO level, Riverside LB Eddie Lackey (6-1, 220) has seen quite a bit of early interest and made a commitment to the first school that offered him -- Hawaii. Now, having seen things settle down before he gets started on preparing for the season, Lackey said his commitment is solid and he doesn't see himself changing his mind down the road...

"Things are going really well," Lackey told recently. "I committed to Hawaii a few weeks ago and I'm really happy with it and with that out of the way, I can focus on getting ready for this season since we start camp next week."

In addition to his offer from the Warriors, Lackey was also seeing a lot of interest from schools like USC, Ohio and Nevada among others, but he said, unless one school offers, he doesn't see himself changing his mind.

"My closest friend, Ryan Hofmeister, he committed to UCLA and is playing there and I'd love to play next to him again," Lackey said. "If UCLA offered, I'd probably give them a look and see what they had to offer me, but I'm really set on playing for Hawaii and I'm happy with my decision.

"I like their defensive scheme and I like the coaches and they play in a good conference, so the competition will be great."

After enjoying a solid prep career at Vista Murrieta (Ca.) High School, Lackey didn't get much in the way of offers and signed with Northwood University.

"I just wasn't happy there," Lackey noted. "It just wasn't the right fit for me, so I decided to come back home and Ryan, who played here at Riverside, he said I should talk to the coaches and see what the program had to offer and when I did, I just felt like it was the right place for me."

Lackey played at Northwood in 2010, so after this season he will have three years to play two when he arrives in Honolulu.

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