UCLA commit Kenny Lacy received a scholarship offer from Kansas State well before his senior season. At that point, the Rivals250 offensive lineman dismissed it as quickly as it arrived. Lacy admits to that. Now, though, as K-State piles up wins and holds down a spot near the top of the BCS standings, his stance has changed.
Lacy is taking a second look at Bill Snyder's program. And this time, he'll take it in person. He's canceled a scheduled Nov. 23 visit to Oklahoma and replaced with a Dec. 1 trip to Manhattan, Kan. Funny what a bunch of success can change, isn't it?
"I figured Kansas State was one of those teams that just had a good season last year," Lacy said on Sunday. "Now I know they really are a good program, so I'm going to go check them out."
K-State offensive line coach Charlie Dickey is handling Lacy's recruitment for the Wildcats, and the Phoenix Mountain Pointe offensive tackle cites his efforts as part of the reason for the change of heart. Then there's the other stuff - the stuff that every high-profile recruit cares about.
Ask Lacy, and he'll tell you Snyder's program is scoring off the charts in those areas as well. In the the past, Lacy has stated he'd like to play in a run-first offense. So he's kept a close eye on the Wildcats for the last few weeks and is pleased with what he has seen.
"The schemes they run make it a good opportunity for me there," Lacy said. "After my freshman year, both of those tackles will be gone. That's a plus, too. It's a good place."
Lacy remains solid in his verbal commitment to UCLA. Since pledging his sevices to the Bruins on Sept. 7, he's taken an official visit to Nebraska and multiple unofficial visits to Arizona State. Just this weekend, he was in the stands at Sun Devil Stadium for UCLA's 45-43 win over ASU.
"It was a great game," Lacy said. "(UCLA) did a good job. They struggled -- the offensive line did -- with some protection a little bit, I thought, but they did a good job over all."
Bruin coaches and Lacy are in contact twice a week and the four-star prospect has kept them abreast on his visit schedule.
Rivals.com ranks Lacy as the No. 17 offensive tackle in the country and the 175th-best player overall. His Mountain Pointe team, for which he plays both offense and defense, finished the regular season with a 9-1 record and earned the No. 1 seed in this year's state tournament.