Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab 2017 offensive tackle Adrian Ealy has had no problem attracting attention this summer. At 6-foot-7, 250-pounds, Ealy has quickly become a hot prospect for college coaches.
This summer he attended camps at LSU, Alabama, Florida State, and Texas, and he made sure to soak in each experience.
"It was a good experience," Ealy said. "I learned a lot of things from some of the players, and the coaches taught me a lot of things and I learned some new techniques for the season."
There was one lesson he took to heart more than any of the others.
"Just keep on fighting," Ealy said. "Age doesn't have anything to do with it. You can always go against someone bigger than you or stronger than you, you just have to have the heart."
The spring and summer proved productive with offers coming from LSU, Florida State, and Texas. Receiving each offer was a special honor, but he admits the first one, from LSU, really got to him.
"I just had to sit down by myself and think did this really just happen," Ealy said. "I went to the back to my room and thought did this really just happen. All I could do was cry."
It is still early in the process right now and he is "just going with the flow." However, he did grow up a fan of a few college programs.
"I've always been a fan of LSU, but I've always been a fan of Florida State too," Ealy said.
In addition to his offers he is receiving considerable attention from Alabama, Clemson, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss. Before the season he hopes to make one final stop of the summer.
"We're thinking about going to Ole Miss on Friday," Ealy said. "We're trying to get down there before school starts. School starts on Monday so we're just trying to get a last school in."
As for the season, Ealy and his University Lab teammates are focused on making their way to the SuperDome for the Louisiana State Championship game. They do not plan to take many unofficial visits but the Alabama/LSU game is one of particular interest.