Lache Seastrunk was one of the most highly-touted recruits every signed by the Oregon Ducks. Of course, it was the recruitment of Seastrunk that has helped Oregon land in a bit of hot water, as he was one of the players whom some believe was steered to Oregon by Will Lyles. The school paid Lyles $25,000 for recruiting services last year, though the NCAA is looking into what exactly those services were.
Now it seems that the money may have been spent for nothing, as rumors out of Eugene are swirling that Seastrunk will be leaving the program.
According to DuckTerritory.com, Seastrunk has requested his release from the school.
Sources confirm the 5-foot-9, 190 pound former five-star recruit has been granted his release paperwork from the University of Oregon. No official statement has been released by the University at this time.Now it's important to point out that the report says that Seastrunk hasn't signed his release papers as of yet, so no final decision has been made. Still, the prevailing feeling in Oregon seems to be that he's leaving because he's below LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and freshman DeAnthony Thomas on the depth chart. Odds are the Lyles situation and the attention that has brought are playing a role in this decision as well.
He was noticeably absent from this morning's practice at Oregon.
Baylor is mentioned in the report as a possible landing spot for Seastrunk.
UPDATE: It's official, Seastrunk has been granted his unconditional release by the school.
"We wish Lache all the best in his future pursuits and will offer our complete assistance to him in his search to continue his football and educational career," said Oregon head coach Chip Kelly in a statement.