Posted by Chip Patterson
The recruitment of highly-touted running back Lache Seastrunk has been well-documented for very different reasons over the last year. After being granted his release from Oregon over the weekend, Seastrunk has decided to take his talents to Waco, TX.
Baylor announced on Tuesday that Seastrunk has signed a financial aid contract and will enroll at the school with plans of joining the football team. He redshirted the 2010 season in Eugene and hopes to join the Bears immediately.
"I think Lache is back where he needs to be," head coach Art Briles said in the school's release, "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."
Oregon was once thrilled to land the top-ranked Texas-native, but Seastrunk's presence on campus fell under a cloud after the NCAA began looking into his relationship with Will Lyles. Oregon paid Lyles, a mentor to Seastrunk, $25,000 for recruiting services, and NCAA is concerned that those services violated recruiting regulations.
Seastrunk, though unproven in game action, should make a dynamic pairing in the Baylor backfield with talented quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Bears open the 2011 season on Sept. 2, hosting the defending Rose Bowl champion TCU Horned Frogs.