June 21, 2011

CMU After Rising Prospect Lavallii

Mason (Mich.) running back Saylor Lavalli is starting to get the attention he deserves. The 5-foot-10 and 205 pound prospect has hit the ground running this summer as he visits numerous camps and has received multiple offers along his journey thus far.

"I currently have offers from Kent State, Central Michigan and Ohio. Others showing interest include basically all the MAC, Michigan and Penn State," said Lavalli. "I'm looking for a school with good academics, a good college atmosphere, and a place where I can stay and play football for four years."

Lavalli plans to visit those schools as he tries to decide which school is best for him. As the process continues, he will continue to work and improve his game to the best of his ability as he nears his senior year in high school.

"Currently, I am 5-foot- 10 and 205 pounds and I recently ran a 4.48 in the 40. I would say that my strengths are my explosiveness, vision and ability to finish runs. But I want to continue to get faster and more explosive," explained Lavallii. "We came up a little short last year, but I ran for around 1,800 yards and 32 touchdowns. A lot of guys graduated, so it will be difficult. I feel like in order for us to be successful, I got to do whatever I can to help the team win."

Recently, Lavallii camped at Central Michigan with a couple of his teammates. Lavalli impressed those who saw him with his ability in the drills and by how hard he competed throughout the day.

"I feel like I really performed well. I did well at the skills drills. I competed hard and the staff thought I did well too. I really liked the camp, I was treated well and I felt comfortable there," explained Lavallii. "I had talked to Enos prior to the camp and he sent an official offer. He said that I do a lot of good things and that I fit, so he offered me a scholarship."

Lavallii not only camped at Central Michigan, but he also took an unofficial visit to Mt. Pleasant today. The visit helped him get to know the staff on a much more personal basis and it allowed him to see the whole university.

"The visit went really well. I loved the coaching staff and everything on campus," said Lavallii. "The coaching staff really likes me and they think I would fit great in their offense. I loved it."

Lavallii has also visited Ohio and Kent State. He has his summer planned, but he will not be overwhelmed by attending too many camps or schools. One of his last stops is Penn State on the June 24-25.

"When I visited Ohio and Kent State, the coaches and everything were awesome," said Lavallii. "I am taking an unofficial visit to Penn State on June 24-25 and I'm hoping they offer, so I'm not going to that many camps."

Lavalli has a good idea of who his leaders are at this point and he should be picking a school sometime in the near future.

"Ultimately I want to try to play close to home in either the MAC or Big Ten. I had season tickets to MSU when I was young, so I have always liked them. I have always really liked Central Michigan too. I remember when they beat Michigan State. That was big. I grew up watching the mid-majors, so that (win) was cool because I had always liked the little guys and the underdogs," explained Lavallii. "I am down to two or three schools right now. I've got my visit to Penn State this weekend and I'll make my decision within the next couple of weeks after that."

As Lavallii continues the process, he hopes to eventually be as successful as Ricky Williams, who he liked watching growing up.

"First off, I would say that when I started tackle football, it was Ricky Williams. I always liked watching him play and seeing his breakaway speed and just his overall ability. Right now, I watch a variety of running backs to learn what I can from them."

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