Two Early Offers for Bacchus

A JUCO offensive lineman starting to see recruiting pick up over the past couple of weeks is Itawamba OT Joseph Bacchus (6-4, 265). The talented offensive lineman made the move from right tackle to left tackle last fall and with his impressive physical skills, he's already garnered two early offers and more schools could be jumping into the fray in the near future...

"Right now I have two offers -- Middle Tennessee and Southern Mississippi," Bacchus told JCFootball.com. "I've also got Memphis talking to me a lot and UAB and Louisiana-Lafayette both have been picking things up too.

"Memphis wants me to come up there to see them after school gets out next month, just to check out the school and see the facilities and meet with the coaches. Me and my teammate, Jacquez McMillian, will be heading up there to check it out during that time before the start of summer classes, so, right now, that's my only trip that I'm planning to make."

As a prep, Bacchus enjoyed a solid career at Southhaven (Ms.) High School, but he was unable to get qualified academically, so he headed to Itawamba to continue playing while working on his getting qualified.

"I really liked the campus and the coaches and the atmosphere here great," Bacchus said. "It was just the right fit for me and it's been a real blessing in my life."

As a freshman, Bacchus came in and started the last three games of the season when Arkansas State-bound Kyle Harris went down with an injury and he held his own.

"It was definitely a step up as far as talent and but I think I did pretty well," Bacchus said. "It definitely showed me what I needed to work on to get better."

That includes adding more size and strength to his frame as well as working on his footwork and technique.

"I'm lifting all the time and eating right and I can already feel the difference in how I'm able to hold up," Bacchus said. "I've been doing a lot of speed and agility drills to improve my footwork and all that, so that's really what I'm focused on."

Bacchus is on pace to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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