It’s that time of the year. Yes, that time in which elite prospects all across the country begin to trim down their list of top schools after a spring filled with unofficial visits.
Put four-star offensive tackle Adrian Ealy in that category, too, as Louisiana’s No. 9 overall prospects released his top 12 schools on Friday, which included five teams from the SEC.
LSU made the cut. As did Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Auburn, Tennessee and Florida.
The top-12 list was rounded out by Miami, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, Arizona and Florida State.
Ealy also indicated that he plans on slicing that list down to five
The 6-foot-7, 280-pounder from University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.) made multiple visits to LSU this spring, as well as Miami.
Ealy’s high school is located on the footsteps of LSU’s campus, which led the elite offensive tackle to take in the Tigers’ Junior Day in late February and a spring practice session.
After watching LSU practice up close, he told SEC Country he was a fan of the way the coaches conduct practice and saw himself fitting into that routine quite seamlessly.
“If I would choose to go to LSU, it wouldn’t be that hard to get familiar with the routine that they do practice,” Ealy said. “It’s something I’m so familiar with that I’d have a head start of what to do.”
Early playing time was among the most important factors that Ealy is considering as he narrowed down his list of top schools.
Earlier this spring, the nation’s No. 30 offensive tackle detailed to SEC Country what he liked about each one of the SEC schools embedded in his top 12 and why they might eventually make the cut.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.