Despite having one of the nation's top backs committed for the class of 2009, the University of Alabama would like to build depth with its stable of backs with the departure of Glenn Coffee to the NFL. With Tide coaches staying in communication with likely sign-and-place prospect Eddie Lacy, the Dutchtown (La.) athlete visited Tuscaloosa this weekend for his official visit.
"I had a real nice time. Everyone was so polite and helpful. I didn't run into one rude person which you normally do just about everywhere you go. It was just great southern hospitality everywhere.
"My official host was Robbie Green and he was a great guy. We spent most of the time playing Playstation 3 like NCAA and Mortal Kombat. I didn't have much luck. He has been playing a lot longer than I have so I didn't do too good. I also hung out a little with the offensive lineman they had in (Bobby Massie) and he was huge. That made me feel good if they get him and I decide to go to Alabama because he is a big boy to run behind."
Lacy, who visited the Capstone with his mother, had time to speak with Alabama Coach Nick Saban before leaving.
"Coach Saban basically broke down their running back situation. They lost Glenn Coffee to the NFL and they need more guys. They said I have the perfect style for what they want to do. I can run between the tackles or outrun people.
"Coach Saban and I talked about my academic plan. If I make it, then everything is straight and I am confident that I will be able to do it. If not, then there are places they can place me and they said they would bring me back."
After the visit, Lacy has a clear leader.
"Alabama is way, way, way out in front. They are far and away ahead of everyone," said Lacy. "Right now, I am going to announce on Signing Day but Alabama is in good shape. I am supposed to be visiting Tennessee next weekend but I am not sure I am going to be making that visit."
Lacy, a four-star prospect, is the 13th-ranked running back nationally.