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Tyler Lacy Talks About Decision to Commit to Oklahoma State



Top 150 Texas defensive end Tyler Lacy committed to Oklahoma State after an unofficial visit to its campus over the weekend. We talked to him about why he chose OSU and what he’s looking forward to.

Lacy said his initial contact came when he was invited to Junior Day at the Spring Game a few weeks ago and that defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements spent much of that day with him. But it was a second visit in which he became more familiar with the rest of the campus that sealed the deal.

“Actually I visited Oklahoma State two weeks ago, and I was just around the football part so this week I came back to see the academic side,” said Lacy. “I talked to academic advisors and some of the coaches for a little bit. I felt comfortable with all the coaches and the atmosphere of the school and the town. It was a family atmosphere so I felt comfortable. I talked to my parents and prayed, and I felt that was the best decision for me.”

Lacy seemed excited about the facility and the prospect of playing football in Stillwater, but it was his parents who told him he needed to do some due diligence on the classroom side of things.

“They’re the ones that wanted me to go back and see the academic part,” said Lacy. “When they felt comfortable with the academic advisors and what they were talking about — the standards of Oklahoma State’s academic level for the athletes — they felt very comfortable and they gave me the green light and were like, ‘It’s up to you.'”

In terms of what his specific academic career might entail, he said he wants to pursue a degree in kinesiology or sports management and open his own physical therapy location or a gym someday.

But first, college.

Lacy is a sizable 6’4 240 and expects to play defensive end in college like he does at Sachse High School. He pointed at Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware and recently-drafted Taco Charlton as players he tries to emulate, and said he’s a pass-rushing defensive end but can play strong side end as well.

Lacy’s plans for the summer sound tame compares to some juniors still being pursued for 2018. He’ll spend time training and getting ready for what could be a big-time senior season for Sachse. Lacy is actually just the fourth-highest ranked recruit on his own team and its QB is a top 15 dual-threat guy so it seems like Friday nights will be pretty fun in Sachse this fall.

One of those teammates, safety Isaiah Humphries is headed off to Penn State in 2018 to play for the Nittany Lions which is great for both parties and a long way from Sachse. Lacy laughed when he said his initial thought about going to OSU was that he couldn’t do it because of the rivalry between the states of Oklahoma and Texas.

“When I went up there to Oklahoma State I was kind of iffy because being from Texas and Oklahoma, it’s a little rivalry,” said Lacy. “When I found out that most of the team is Texas players, and after I committed, everybody kept on texting me … and it was like a big old rivalry.”

It is certainly that, and it is one Oklahoma State has been winning on the field for the past few years. The Cowboys are 29-7 in their last 36 games played against teams from the state of Texas.

The man who has been leading that charge of course, now famously, wears a mullet which Lacy found amusing.

“At first it surprised me, but it fits his personality so well,” said Lacy.

And it seems like the Sachse DE will fit in nicely in Stillwater come 2018 as OSU builds one of its better classes of the Gundy era.

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