Arkansas’ previous coaching staff invested quite a bit of time into three-star offensive tackle Kenny Lacy, and the current coaches got to make their pitch over the weekend when Lacy officially visited the UA.
Kenny Lacy is a Semper Fidelis All-American.
Did the Hogs help themselves?
Lacy, of Phoenix Mountain Pointe, said Sunday that he remains committed to UCLA, but said the visit gave him some things to think about.
“Uh, yes, it did,” the 6-5, 270-pound Lacy said after wrapping up his visit. “I’m going to go home, talk to my family about it, give Coach (Jim) Chaney a call and let them know my decision.”
Lacy, who’s ranked the No. 44 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 8 overall prospect in Arizona by 247Sports, committed to UCLA on Sept. 10. He’s visited UCLA (Sept. 7), Nebraska (Sept. 29), Arizona State (Jan. 11) and Arkansas, and has more than 20 scholarship offers, including the four schools he’s officially visited.
Lacy said “yes, yes” when asked if he now had a tougher choice after visiting the UA. He said Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema, offensive coordinator Chaney and offensive line coach Sam Pittman – the “three big guys” – seem like “they’ll all do a great job with me.”
“So I was very impressed,” Lacy said.
“Just some place I felt comfortable. I feel like I can fit in here. It gave me something to think about.”
Lacy, whose player-host was tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, said Arkansas’ facilities were “definitely the best facilities I’ve seen so far” and said he “was very impressed about everything.”
“This is way better than I thought it would be,” he said. “I was very satisfied.”
“Coach Pitt’s real cool. Very excited. I can tell he loves the game, loves being around it.”
The Razorbacks have one offensive lineman already signed for 2013 in Butler (Kan.) Community College guard Johnathan McClure, and four-star guard Reeve Koehler of Honolulu St. Louis committed to the Hogs on Jan. 19.
Arkansas is also in the mix late for three-star offensive tackle Dan Skipper, a Tennessee commit from Arvada (Colo.) Ralston Valley, and four-star offensive tackle Denver Kirkland of Miami Washington. Skipper visited Arkansas on Jan. 17, and Kirkland visited Fayetteville over the weekend.