Temple running back Lache Seastrunk has already made two visits to Texas in the past two weeks and said the Texas coaches have made him feel like he’s ‘already a part of the family.’ Seastrunk spoke with Inside Texas about where the Longhorns now stand in recruiting, his two recent visits to UT — including what his mom thinks about the Texas coaches — his upcoming visit to LSU and more.
Just one visit wasn’t enough for Lache Seastrunk.
The Temple running back is one of the top players in the recruiting class of 2010 and he showed why when attended a Texas camp on June 15th, when he was near-unanimously considered the best athlete there. Last week Seastrunk made his way back to the 40 Acres because there was someone else who needed to see UT.
“The reason I went back to Texas is I wanted to take my mom so she could see what I enjoyed so much about Texas,” said Seastrunk. “She said, ‘If my baby’s going to go there, I want to see it.”
Seastrunk’s mother met with the entire Texas coaching staff, from Mack Brown all the way down, and, according to her son, the visit went very well.
“She loved the same things I did,” said Lache. “They treated me with open arms, like I was already a part of their family. They told me I was No. 1 in their hearts, and that means a lot to me.”
Seastrunk said he enjoyed getting to speak again with Brown and Texas running backs coach Major Applewhite, but the most fun he had — just like he did the first time he went to UT — was with offensive line coach Mac McWhorter.
“He’s my favorite person in the whole wide world. He’s so funny,” said Seastrunk.
Needless to say, the bar has been set very high for LSU.
Seastrunk has made no secret about his two favorites throughout the entire recruiting process. Although he has promised to give other schools a look, such as Michigan, Miami and Oklahoma, it’s primarily been a two-horse race from the beginning. In late July, Seastrunk will make his way down to Baton Rouge to visit LSU and see if he feels as comfortable with the Tigers as he does with the Longhorns. Seastrunk told Inside Texas that if on his trip he doesn’t feel comfortable with the LSU coaching staff, then the recruiting process could be quite short for him.
“I want to see if they’ve got their hearts in the same place (as the Texas coaches),” said Seastrunk. “If not, then there’s no point in me going there.”
But, if he does have a great visit to Baton Rouge and enjoys the LSU coaching staff, just as he did Texas’, he’s going to have a very tough decision in front of him.
“I’ll put it in God’s hands,” said Seastrunk. “I’m going to take a long time and sit with my family and sit with God and make my decision.”
There will be a wide variety of factors weighing into that decision, but the most important is very, very clear in Seastrunk’s mind: “Academics, academics, academics.”
To that end, he also mentioned an important factor is whether or not the University has a good school for his major. Seastrunk currently plans on being an engineering major and holds a 3.3 GPA at Temple.
Academics is far and away Seastrunk’s top requirement, but after that his second most important factor is “how they treat athletes.” However, when Seastrunk says “how they treat athletes,” he doesn’t mean benefits or lockers or shoes or anything of that nature. What he means is what kind of mentors the coaches are to their players.
“(The coaches) need to tell players what to do outside of football and not sugarcoat anything,” said Seastrunk.
But Seastrunk still has a long time before he has to make that decision. For now, he’s primarily focused on his remaining two years of high school. Among his goals are to focus on his academics so he can continue to increase his GPA, hit the 2,000-yard mark next season and come away from Temple High School with a pair of state championships. As for what he’d like to add to his game, being a more vocal leader is chief among his concerns.
“I want to be a better team leader. It’s not that I’m bad or anything, I just joke around sometimes when I need to be paying attention,” said Seastrunk.
Seastrunk also said he’d like to improve his composure. The intensely competitive running back has a bit of a tendency to get mad when things aren’t going right in a game. Seastrunk vowed to maintain his focus so he can put up a great performance in every game. Of course, from the numbers he put up last season, it certainly looks like he did a good job of maintaining that focus as a sophomore when he rushed for 1600 yards and 22 touchdowns on just 130 carries.
Along with Texas and his trip to Baton Rouge, Seastrunk plans on camping at Oklahoma, TCU and Baylor this summer.