Dec. 21, 2011
WACO, Texas - Baylor has received signed National Letters of Intent from two junior college football players, head coach Art Briles announced Wednesday.
Eddie Lackey (LB; Riverside) and Joey Searcy (DT; Navarro) have signed to play for Baylor. The duo of mid-year signees is expected to join the Bears in January and participate in 2012 spring drills.
"These are two quality individuals aside from being really good football players," Briles said. "The thing we always look for with junior college players is whether they are a fit and Eddie and Joey both fit needs for us defensively, and we're excited for them to join the Baylor football program. The main thing will be that both of them will be on campus for the spring semester."
Lackey was named 2011 first-team Southern California Football Association. He recorded 54 tackles to help lead Riverside Community College to an 11-0 finish and a final ranking of fifth in the J.C. Grid Wire Top 25 Poll. He enrolled at Riverside after completing a year at Northwood University in Midland, Mich. Lackey graduated from Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, Calif. where he was an All-Southwestern defensive back his senior year in 2009 after blocking four kicks, recording 96 tackles and forcing three fumbles.
Searcy helped the Navarro Bulldogs win the 2011 Heart of Texas Bowl against New Mexico Military Institute as a sophomore. He finished the season with 27 tackles (17 assisted, 10 solo) and five sacks on a defensive line that held opponents to only 104 rushing yards per game. As a freshman in 2010, Searcy had 29 tackles and three sacks. He is ranked No. 19 on Rivals.com Top 50 JUCO Prospects. Coming out of South Grand Prairie (Texas) High School, he was ranked the No. 43 defensive tackle prospect nationally by Rivals.com and was named all-district 7-5A honor as a senior in 2009.
No. 12 Baylor (9-3, 5-3 Big 12) returns to action Dec. 29 against Washington (7-5, 5-4) in the Valero Alamo Bowl at 8 p.m. CST on Dec. 29 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Baylor has sold out its allotment of tickets for the game, but tickets can still be purchased through www.alamobowl.com. For more information on Baylor and the Valero Alamo Bowl, visit www.baylorbears.com/bowlcentral.