A Husker recruit is in town sooner than expected, and the Lincoln Southwest football team appears to have bulked up even more for this upcoming season because of it.
Defensive end Christian Lacouture is transferring to Southwest from College Station (Texas) A&M Consolidated, where his play drew scholarship offers from some of the top programs in college football before he committed to Nebraska.
"Anytime you add a Husker recruit, it's going to be something positive for you," said Scott Vampola, Southwest's defensive coordinator.
The transfer means the Silver Hawks will now have two Husker recruits on their roster, with Lacouture teaming with linebacker Josh Banderas. The two have developed a friendship and are planning to be roommates in college.
And now, high school teammates.
"It's awesome," Banderas said. "It gives us a way better chance at going farther and being a better team."
While an unusual transfer situation, Lacouture had just one more semester of high school remaining, and his family had already secured a house in Lincoln to be closer to him while he played college ball. Lacouture's younger sister is also already enrolled at Southwest.
"He called me and said his sister is coming up to school," Banderas said. "I got all excited to see if he was coming. And the more we talked about it, it was like this could really happen."
Lacouture will only bolster what already figures to be a strong team at Southwest, which made it to the Class A state playoff quarterfinals last year.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Lacouture received scholarship offers from the likes of Michigan, Alabama, Auburn and LSU, to name a few.
But he connected the most with Husker coaches and committed to Nebraska in early May. He told the Journal Star then that NU coaches see him as a defensive end, or a standup guy in a 3-4 defense.
"But my body might mature," he said. "As it goes on, we'll just see. Whatever I need to do to help this team, I'll do."
He had already developed a special bond with Banderas at that point.
"We're going to do some special things there," he said.
He was talking about Nebraska, but now the same might be said about the duo's plans this fall at Southwest.