When discussing the top running back prospects in the 2018 class, Orange City (Fla.) University recruit Lorenzo Lingard is one of the first names off the board. Standing at 6-foot and 180-pounds, Lingard has the offer sheet to back up his ranking as the No. 2 running back in the country according to 247Sports.com, and the five-star player delved into the latest regarding his recruitment with Today’s U.
Lorenzo named an exclusive group of five schools recruiting him harder than any others: Miami, Florida, Alabama, Auburn and “definitely” Ohio State.
“Location is everything right now,” Lingard said. “With the amount of people I know and have support for me right now playing football, location is a big factor. But, that’s why they have cars and planes.”
Over the summer, Lingard took visits to the majority of the schools that he says are currently recruiting him most vigorously. And although stops at Miami, Auburn and Ohio State made positive impressions on the Florida prospect, Lingard spoke favorably about his time in Tuscaloosa.
“It was wonderful,” Lingard said. “The guys there, the team is really high energy. The coaching staff was wonderful, they’re energetic too. The whole on campus is really nice.”
Alabama already has one running back committed in its 2018 class, but the Crimson Tide are no strangers to taking multiple ballcarriers in one signing class. In fact, Alabama has two running back recruits committed in 2017 and took a pair of running backs in both the 2016 and 2015 classes, so this is more of the status quo at Alabama under Nick Saban.
While on his visit to Alabama, Lingard had a chance to speak at length with the Crimson Tide’s offensive line coach, Brent Key, and also the man who would turn out to be his position coach if he opts to accept his scholarship to the school in Burton Burns. Lingard went on to relay what aspects of the program the Alabama coaching staff were attempting to sell him on.
“Great academic system, also the opportunity to be on a great championship team,” Lingard said. “They said it’s a once in a lifetime deal.”
As a player, Lingard has the makings of a top-flight running back prospect at the next level. When running with the ball, Lingard shows a great deal of urgency and fights for every last yard he can pick up, two qualities that are hard to come by. Apart from that, Lingard also has the speed to hit the edge and can outrun defenders in the open field. He does run a bit upright and is on the thin side, but both of these areas can be corrected down the road.
“I would say I’m an opportunist,” Lingard said. “I take opportunities when the defense is tired or whatever, I hit the hole strong. I focus on using patience and my power and my speed.”
In terms of his high school season, Lingard had picked up 12 touchdowns and nearly 600 yards rushing through five games, complete with a yards per carry rate of 10.5.
“I’ve played well,” Lingard said. “I’m working on my patience hitting the hole, my vision and using my tools as a running back.”
With an arsenal of tools in Lingard’s toolbox, the dynamic junior running back has been going to work this year, a pattern he would like to continue at the next level.