Commentary

Seastrunk keeps everyone guessing

Originally Published: July 13, 2009
By Jc Shurburtt | Scouts Inc.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Running back Lache Seastrunk (Temple, Texas/Temple) is going out of his way to throw people off the trail of where he is going to play college football.

On Friday, the first day he and his teammates competed in the Texas 7-on-7 state championships, Seastrunk showed up wearing an LSU shirt and Southern California armbands and socks. He also wore a pair of Auburn shorts during the event.

"It's just clothes, man," he said. "It's just the clothes I wear."

Auburn has been (and still is) the perceived leader for Seastrunk's services, but asked directly about it and the speedy running back quickly dismisses any notion of being a lock to head to the Plains.

"People want to say well, he's 80 percent going to Auburn," he said. "For all they know, I could be going to USC or LSU or Florida. I am going to go where I feel most comfortable."

This, even though he made public comments during Auburn's Big Cat recruiting weekend directed at Alabama head coach Nick Saban to the tune of "Wait until we get here." Could those comments have revealed more than he wished to reveal publicly? Or was he caught up in the moment?

One reporter who covers recruiting in the state of Texas as close as anyone agreed that Auburn is the current leader, but cautioned that Seastrunk could end up anywhere. "He could end up at Baylor for all we know. He's just that type of kid."

Seastrunk, who also told at least one reporter that he plans to visit Texas again unofficially, offers no hints at even when he may decide.

"I've got a plan and all I can tell you is it's super funny," he said.

One thing is certain, he is fast. He displayed great speed during his team's games at the event and said that he recently was timed at 4.25 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his high school.

Buzz about Nelson
Though his high school team was not in the event during the weekend, there was plenty of buzz around College Station that Under Armour All-American linebacker Corey Nelson was strongly considering a commitment to Texas A&M. Nelson made it official on Monday.

Several with knowledge of his recruitment said on multiple occasions that they felt he would end up playing for the Aggies or for Oklahoma and that the academic programs at Texas A&M could push the Aggies over the top.

Class of 2011 roundup
In Texas, football recruiting is done a bit earlier. During this recruiting cycle, with the University of Texas and Texas A&M sitting at a combined 38 commitments for the 2010 class, much of the focus has shifted to 2011. Below is a look at some of those Class of 2011 prospects and an quick early glance at their recruitment.

• Defensive back Earl Foster (Houston, Texas/Lamar) says that he likes Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and Oregon early. He added that the Ducks are intriguing because of the University of Oregon's architecture department.

• Linebacker P.L. Lindley (Round Rock, Texas/Stony Point) says that SMU has been showing him the most attention, but that he also has been getting looks from Texas. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder was one of the more impressive prospects during the weekend for champion Stony Point.

• Lindley's teammate, Division I tournament MVP Stephen Williams said that he hasn't been getting a lot of serious attention from colleges, but the versatile athlete camped at UTEP and Texas during the summer.

• Texas is already showing interest in Class of 2012 safety/receiver Edward Pope (Carthage, Texas/Carthage). The 6-3, 160-pounder was impressive during the Division II tournament.

• Oklahoma is the early favorite for talented running back Herschel Sims (Abilene, Texas/Abilene). Sims, who looked good inthe Division I tournament, joins Aaron Green (San Antonio, Texas/Madison) and others to make up a dynamic group of running backs in the Lone Star State for the 2011 class.

• Wide receiver Jafus Gaines (Houston, Texas/Chavez) had a big week and is very high on the Longhorns early. He plans to camp at UT at some point.

JC Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at jcsespn@aol.com.

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