A consensus All-American in 2009, and rated as a top five running back by every recruiting service worth its salt, former Temple, Texas star Lache Seastrunk appeared to have a very bright future ahead.
Over the past 12 months, Seastrunk became associated with one of the most infamous recruiting scandals in recent NCAA history. Willie Lyles, a recruiting broker from Houston, Texas, allegedly “steered” Seastrunk and other Texas stars– including 2011 pre-season Heisman Trophy candidate LaMichael James — to Oregon in return for cash payments.
While the Lyles case is still under investigation by NCAA authorities, University of Oregon officials and federal officials, it appears to have played a large factor in Seastrunk’s decision to request a release from Oregon to finish his collegiate football career elsewhere.
Lache Seastrunk never carried the football at Oregon.
This had as much to do with being behind LaMichael James on the depth chart as it did the pending investigation of Chip Kelly’s football program.
Expressing a desire to return closer to home, it’s very reasonable that Seastrunk could play out the remainder of his eligibility with a team in Texas.
While the Texas Longhorns were once interested in the speedy back, with the arrival of five-star back Malcolm Brown and the 2012 commitment of Aledo star Johnathan Gray, Seastrunk would no longer be a good fit on the Forty Acres.
One place where Seastrunk would make sense– and where his focus appears to be placed — is in Waco with Art Briles’ Baylor Bears.
With Baylor’s top two running backs on the depth chart, junior Jarred Salubi and senior Terrance Ganaway both departing within the next two years, Seastrunk should easily be able to compete for a starting spot in the Bears’ backfield and be productive, no matter how many years the NCAA determines he has left to play.
It’s likely that Seastrunk will be forced to sit out the 2011 season no matter what due to the nature of his transfer. Given this, it’s reasonable to assume that he will only have three years eligibility at Baylor.
Regardless, Lache Seastrunk is a very talented back who has all the potential in the world to make a name for himself.
Whether he is able to do so will depend on his ability to deal with the distractions which will be omnipresent due to his association with the Willie Lyles situation and the fallout which is certain.