- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
High three-star defensive tackle Christian Lacouture (College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated) had Nebraska, LSU and Michigan on his final list of schools. During his weekend visit to Lincoln, Neb., Lacouture decided that playing for the shot at being a Blackshirt was the way to go.
Lacouture committed to Nebraska and became the Cornhuskers’ sixth commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound tackle visited the Nebraska campus for the second time in as many months.
“I’d been looking at it for a while, and when I came up here [Saturday], I had a good intention I was going to commit,” Lacouture said. “With everythoing going on -- the tradition and how everything is shaping up -- it was a good time for me to commit to Nebraska.
Recruited by both defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski and defensive coordinator John Papuchis, Lacouture recorded 51 tackles and six sacks during the 2011 season. He was a first-team all-district selection and has been a consistent contributor for A&M Consolidated since moving from west Texas power Odessa Permian his sophomore season.
Lacouture is ranked No. 30 among defensive tackles nationally. He is ranked No. 54 among players in Texas. Last month, Lacouture earned an invitation to participate in The Opening, a four-day training and development series at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Lacouture had nine offers, including LSU and Michigan. Oklahoma State, Missouri and Texas A&M -- which is located literally blocks away from his home -- also offered. He committed to the Aggies in January 2011 but decommitted to explore other options in March. Additionally, Texas and Oklahoma had entered the picture by showing recent interest.
“I love the coaches [at Nebraska]. We all have great relationships,” Lacouture said. “I felt it was right, and I didn’t want to waste any more time, so I pulled the trigger.”
Lacouture also said he’s been getting along with his fellow 2013 recruits. He’s been in contact with linebacker Josh Banderas (Lincoln, Neb./Southwest) -- the son of former Cornhusker tight end Tom Banderas -- and both players are committed to serving as player recruiters for other potential commits.
“We’re looking to get this recruiting class going,” Lacouture said. Me and Josh have been talking about it for a little bit, and [Saturday], we really hit it off. We’re looking to win a national championship while we’re here. This is a special time for us. Nebraska’s on the rise.”