Two Spartans make recruitment decisions

Kyle Riviere
East Ascension offensive lineman Adrian Ealy announced last week that he has committed to Oklahoma.

Last week was a big one for two of East Ascension’s biggest players.

The Spartans’ giant on the offensive line officially committed to the college of his choice, while the giant on their defensive line decided to re-open his recruitment.

With the help of a clever and elaborate video that was released by Bleacher Report on Thursday morning, offensive lineman Adrian Ealy announced his commitment to Oklahoma.

This came just three days after an impressive showing by the Sooners in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma thrashed Auburn, 35-13, ending the season on a 10-game winning streak that included winning a Big 12 title.

His announcement video brilliantly paid homage to films by director Quentin Tarantino.

It began with Ealy walking through a New Orleans street donning a suit and being flanked by like-dressed representatives of Oklahoma, LSU, Auburn, Florida and Kansas—a nice allusion to “Reservoir Dogs.”

It ended with a “Pulp Fiction” twist as Ealy opens a briefcase as he asks, “Is that what I think it is?”

Ealy pulled out an Oklahoma jersey and said, “Take me to Norman. Boomer Sooner.”

The four-star recruit has been heavily recruited over the past two years.

As a junior at University Lab, he earned All-State honors, before transferring to East Ascension in 2016.

In his senior year with the Spartans, the 6-foot-7, 300-pounder earned first-team All-District 5-5A honors. He was also named to the All-Metro and All-State teams as East Ascension made a run to the second round of the playoffs.

Oklahoma looked to be the landing spot for Ealy over the summer, but as the season moved along, LSU began to show more attention under new head coach Ed Orgeron.

But in the end, Ealy decided that Norman was the place for him.

He is ranked by as the 29th best offensive lineman in the country and the nation’s 266th-ranked prospect.

Ealy’s teammate, Justin Harris, isn’t so sure of where he’ll be headed.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pound defensive end committed to Central Florida over the summer. However, as time passed, more and more offers began to roll in for the senior.

Just recently, Orgeron and the Tigers have come calling, as well as Baylor, Houston and Purdue.

With the recent influx of attention, Harris made this statement on Twitter last week: “First of all, I would like to thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to play collegiate football. Thanks to Coach Frost, Coach Held, Coach Dawson and the UCF family for the opportunity and consideration. “After being prayerful and speaking with my family, it is within my best interest to open up my recruitment and de-commit from UCF. However, UCF will remain one of my top schools of interest. I will be announcing where I’ll continue the next three-four years of my collegiate career on National Signing Day.”

Harris has proven to be a late bloomer with a wealth of potential.

He began his career as a basketball player for the Spartans. He only began to play football his junior year.

It didn’t take long for him to work himself into the starting lineup. Harris made the All-Parish team in 2015.

This season, he was a terror on the defensive line. He chalked up 11.5 sacks during the regular season. In the first-round playoff upset over Ruston, Harris had a school record six sacks.

So far, he has garnered first-team all-district and All-Metro honors.

Harris has been ranked by 247sports as the 258th best prospect for 2017.

He has official visits schedule for Jan. 17 (Baylor), Jan. 21 (UCF) and Jan. 27 (LSU). He will announce his choice and sign his letters of intent on Feb. 1.