Recruiting & Scouting

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Size Ain't Nothing But A Number To Lacanaria

   | Branden Hunter

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Size Ain't Nothing But A Number To Lacanaria

BLOOMFIELD HILLS - Three things are a guaranteed in life. Death, taxes, and Brother Rice football being in contention for a state title.

The Warriors are 12-0 on the season, and are two wins away from three-peating as Division 2 state champions. But first they have to get past a tough Detroit King team, which boasts one of the best secondaries in the state with Jalen Embry (Iowa) and Avonte Maddox (Pittsburgh).

The game is scheduled for Saturday November 23, at 1 p.m., at Wayne State University.

"I'm tight with Avonte and Jalen, so I know their true potential," senior wide receiver Corey Lacanaria said. "But I think we'll be just fine if the bad weather holds out."

"It would mean a lot to win another state title. Making history is always a great feeling, especially during my senior season."

Lacanaria is no slouch himself at the wide receiver position, hauling in 51 balls, for 894 yards and five touchdowns so far this season.

"As a team, the season has been flawless so far," Lacanaria said. "Personally I'm having a great season statistical wise."

At 5-9, 170-pounds Lacanaria isn't typically what college coaches look for at his position size wise. But his route running is impeccable, hands are made of glue, and he has a knack for making the big play. Schools have shied away from Lacanaria because of his height, but that hasn't stopped him from producing on the field and showing out on the camp circuit. Pound for pound he might be the best wide receiver in the state.

Lacanaria compares his game to former Muskegon Heights (Mich.) standout and now Ball State wide receiver Willie Snead IV. Like Lacanaria, Snead isn't a big receiver at 5-11, but is top five in the nation of every major statistical category for wide receivers.

"My size has absolutely affected my recruitment," he said. "I wish that wasn't the case, but unfortunately I think that has a lot to do with it."

"Like Willie Snead I'm not the biggest or the fastest, but I'm a straight playmaker."

Despite being labeled undersized, that hasn't discouraged schools like Notre Dame College, Saginaw Valley, Cornell, Valparaiso, Butler, Northwood, and Findlay from offering Lacanaria. He also has preferred walk-on offers from Ohio State and Maryland, and says those are options he will consider too.

"No one really stands out right now", Lacanaria said. "I'm hoping that one of these MAC schools will come through like they said they will. Ball State, Bowling Green, Toledo, and Western all seem close to offering me."

Although the Ohio State offer is an a walk-on, it is hard for any player to turn down a spot on the Buckeyes, especially with the way they have been playing.

"As of right now, that'd be my choice of school from my offers," he said. "I haven't talked to them recently I but plan on going down there soon."

Lacanaria says he isn't close to making a college decision, as he awaits better offers, and wants to focus on winning another state title at Brother Rice. He also plans to take a visit to Ohio State after his season is over.