Four-star Louisiana offensive tackle Adrian Ealy seems destined for the SEC.
The 6-foot-7, 280-pound prospect out of University Lab High School (Baton Rouge, La.), holds offers from five SEC schools, many of which rank among his top choices.
Ealy told SEC Country that LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss and Florida are among the schools that have peaked his interest at the moment.
The nation’s No. 26 offensive tackle can’t help but entertain the notion that he’s favoring the hometown Tigers. After all, his high school is located on the LSU campus.
However, Ealy admitted there are so many factors right now in his recruitment, including giving the out-of-state SEC powers a fair shake.
“You know, all I have to say is LSU is definitely a top school in my hunt,” Ealy told SEC Country.
“But I’ll say that I’m not a person that because I basically live at LSU, I have to go and be on the campus and that would be the school I pick. I’m going to pick the school that’s right for me, for my academics and a place that I feel is like home. Even though LSU is home, I want a place that I could feel safe and comfortable and want to be there for those four years. All of the coaches out of state tend to be different, so just because I’m on campus at LSU doesn’t mean I have to go to LSU. I like to be different, but LSU is a school I’m going to consider because I grew up on LSU.”
Ealy participated in LSU’s “Boys From The Boot” junior event early last month, though the unofficial visit to campus was nothing out of the norm.
As someone who maintains strong relationships with members of the LSU coaching staff, Ealy enjoyed the junior day event, though it probably didn’t sway him in a particular direction like some of the other visitors.
“LSU is a very great school, and being on campus every day is good,” Ealy said. “They’re one of my top schools right now, and the plan right now is to make it to one of their spring practices and catch up with the coaches.
“LSU is always fun, always something new, but (“Boys From The Boot”) was just a regular chill day for me at LSU. There’s not really much to say that caught my eye since I’m there every day.”
While Ealy’s ties to LSU are glaring, other SEC teams have made their push in recent weeks.
Auburn is the most recent SEC team to extend an offer Ealy’s way, and it already has the offensive tackle considering the out-of-state Tigers.
“You know, the SEC is the conference I grew up on, and I’d really love to play in the conference,” Ealy said. “Auburn offered about the first day of this month and it was exciting to get attention from other schools than LSU and Alabama. I really love the school at Auburn.”
Ealy also dished on Alabama, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Florida, who he suggested are all legitimate landing spots.
On Tennessee: “Tennessee is just a school that I’m growing on. They text me every day, call me every day, show that they’re really on me. They send me notes every day. I want to take a visit to Tennessee because they show me love and already knew that they wanted me. They caught my eye and really want me up there, so that’s really big and exciting.”
On Alabama: “I haven’t talked much to Alabama, but (running backs) Coach (Burton) Burns came to see me last month and I plan on talking with my parents to make a trip up there next week to talk to the coaches and see what they have to offer.”
On Florida: “They offered me early, like my fourth offer, and that showed that they wanted me at a young age. Florida is a school I’m going to look into, and the state of Florida is beautiful. I could see me living my college football dream there.”
On Ole Miss: “I talk to the assistant offensive line coach there and the offensive line coach there a lot. We text on Twitter a lot, and they send me letters every single day to try and make sure I’m up there for a spring practice. I’m debating which spring game I go to, but Ole Miss is definitely a school that’s showing interest in having me. They said if I come there, there will be playing time. Greg Little’s up there doing amazing and can play anywhere on the line, so maybe I can get in a position I want and play up there.”