WACO, Texas -- Former Oregon tailback Lache Seastrunk, a prep All-America from Temple (Texas) High School, has signed a financial aid contract and will enroll at Baylor University and join head coach Art Briles' football program.
"I think Lache is back where he needs to be," Briles said, "on Texas soil at Baylor University where he will have the opportunity to get a quality education and play football at the highest level. We're looking forward to him being a great teammate."
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound running back redshirted at UO in 2010 and was a member of the travel squad. He played in Oregon's 2011 spring game and was credited with 11 carries for 35 yards.
A prep All-America while at Temple, Seastrunk was rated the nation's No. 2 overall prospect by MaxPreps.com (Tom Lemming) and the fourth-best prospect in America by Sporting News (additional overall ratings: No. 20 Scout.com, No. 26 Rivals.com and No. 40 ESPN.com). He was named to the 2009 All-USA team by USA Today and played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl following his senior season. He was rated a consensus top-five running back recruit nationally.
Seastrunk left THS as the all-time leader in rushing yards (4,217) and total touchdowns (52). He rushed for 1,174 yards and 11 TDs and caught 12 passes for 218 yards and two scores as a senior in 2009 and earned APSE Class 5A second-team all-state honors. He also scored a kick return TD in 2009. He ran for 1,541 yards and 14 TDs as a junior in 2008 and totaled 1,532 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore on Temple's district-championship team. He was a teammate at THS of current Baylor receiver Tevin Reese.
An accomplished track and field athlete, Seastrunk recorded personal bests of 10.33 in the 100 meters and 21-8 in the long jump at Temple. He clocked a 10.64 in the 100 as a sophomore and won the district meet with a 10.77. He broke three THS records (in 100, 400 and long jump) as a 13-year-old eighth grader.
Baylor opens its 2011 season Friday, Sept. 2, when it hosts No. 14 TCU at 7 p.m. at Floyd Casey Stadium. Baylor returns 14 starters, including 2011 Heisman Trophy candidate Robert Griffin III, from last year's team which went 7-6 overall and played in the school's first bowl game in 16 years. Tickets are on sale now online at www.mygreenandgold.com/football/ or by calling 254-710-1000 or at the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at the Ferrell Center.