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Gators could shake up Lacys recruitment

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Kenny Lacy is comfortable strolling through his recruitment at a leisurely pace. Always has been.
Right from the start, nothing has been rushed. His cuts have come down slowly and his unofficial visits have been spread out. Now, the No. 3 player in the state of Arizona and the 13th-ranked offensive tackle in the class of 2013 has taken the next baby-step toward a commitment.
His official visit list has been released slowly. First, he identified the schools he'd like to see. Then, he set up dates for the first few. And now, just weeks before he starts his senior season at Phoenix's Mountain Pointe High School, the entire itinerary seems set in stone. Until Lacy mentions that a certain scholarship offer would change everything, that is.
"Right now, all my visits are set up in the fall and one in November," Lacy said.
Lacy will visit UCLA on Sept. 8 and Arkansas on Sept. 15 before taking in a game at Nebraska on Sept. 29. He'll hit the campus of California on the weekend of Oct. 6 and round things out by checking out Oklahoma when the Sooners host Oklahoma State on Nov. 24.
The schedule is set, the destinations are finalized and things are set to move forward ... unless Florida decides to shake things up by offering Lacy a scholarship.
If that happens, one of the schools scheduled to get a visit from the four-star lineman will be unapologetically pushed to the side. He declines to say which trip would be scratched, but isn't shy about confirming that some unlucky school will be replaced.
"If I get the (Florida) offer, I'm going to have to go to Florida instead of one of the others," he said.
An offer from the Gators doesn't seem like a pipe dream, either. Ask Lacy, and he'll say he expects it come soon. He's been in close contact with UF assistant Tim Davis for the last week or so and indicates that things are getting serious.
"We didn't talk that much until recently," Lacy said. "I've really talked to them a lot the last two or three days."
As for a decision date, that fits in with the larger theme of Lacy's recruitment. There's no rush. A commitment could come down as late as National Signing Day. And if it comes before that, it still won't be soon.
"It might before signing day, but it's going to be after I take all of my officials," Lacy said.
Lacy holds more than 25 scholarship offers, but names Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Nebraska, Oklahoma and UCLA as his favorites. A Florida offer would, of course, propel the Gators onto the list as well.
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