Lemont’s Ethan Pocic will sign National Letter of Intent to play football at LSU
|Lemont High School senior Ethan Pocic (right) is joined by head coach Eric Michaelsen as they celebrate his commitment to play football at Louisiana State University.
Lemont High School senior offensive lineman Ethan Pocic
, who is one of the nation’s top recruits at his position, will sign a National Letter of Intent to play college football at Louisiana State University beginning in 2013. By graduating in December 2012, he will be eligible to enroll at LSU during the spring semester.
A 6’6”, 290-pound left tackle, Pocic is the most heralded prospect to emerge from head coach Eric Michaelsen’s
Lemont football program. Pocic committed to LSU in May 2012 after receiving dozens of scholarship offers from some of the nation’s top programs, including Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame and Ohio State. A four-star recruit, Pocic ranks among the Class of 2013’s top 50 players, and rates among the top five offensive tackles in the country according to several recruiting services. He twice has been named an IHSA Class 6A All-State selection, and has been chosen to participate in the 2013 Under Armour High School All-America Game in Tampa, Fla., in January.
Lemont has been one of the state’s top football programs for several years, but that success has heightened during Pocic’s tenure. The Indians have collected a 34-3 record since 2010, which has included a sterling 17-1 mark in South Suburban Conference-Blue Division play and an 8-2 record in the IHSA playoffs. Lemont has won SSC Blue titles each of the last three years, and enjoyed undefeated regular seasons in both 2010 and 2011. The team advanced to the IHSA Class 6A Quarterfinals in 2010, and was an IHSA Class 6A Semifinalist in 2011. This season, the Indians are 11-1 and are set to play in the IHSA Class 6A Semifinals against Crete-Monee on Saturday, November 17.
Not surprisingly, Lemont has flourished offensively during Pocic’s career, averaging 36.9 points per game over 37 contests. The Indians have rolled up more than 12,000 total yards in three seasons, including more than 8,000 yards rushing.
This season, Lemont has averaged 35.5 points and 357.1 total yards per game (236.3 yards rushing, 120.8 yards passing). The Indians have recorded at least 200 yards rushing in eight of 11 contests. To complement his work on the offensive line, Pocic has added duties on the defensive line as a senior. He has totaled 26 tackles (19 solo) and recorded two fumble recoveries in limited playing time.
During Pocic’s junior year in 2011, the Indians came an overtime period short of advancing to the state finals before finishing with a 12-1 record. That squad’s offense was one of the most prolific in school history, averaging an all-time best 39.7 points per game and rolling up more than 4,500 yards in total offense. In his first varsity season in 2010, Lemont averaged 35.2 points per game on its way to an 11-1 finish and an IHSA Quarterfinal appearance.
Pocic will play for head coach Les Miles
at Louisiana State University, a member of the Southeastern Conference - considered by many as the nation’s top college football conference. The Tigers routinely send players to the National Football League, and have won two Bowl Championship Series titles in the last 10 years (2003, 2007). This season, LSU ranks among the nation’s top 10 and is 8-2 overall (4-2 SEC). Miles, who has racked up an 83-20 record in eight seasons, was named the National Coach of the Year by several organizations in 2011 after leading his team to an SEC title and an appearance in the BCS title game.
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Pocic certainly is not the first Lemont offensive lineman to move on to a major college football program. Over the last five years, several Lemont lineman have gone on to play at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level, including Pocic’s brother Graham Pocic ‘08
(Illinois), David Molk ‘07
(Michigan) and Trevor Rothstein ‘09
(Army). Molk earned the 2011 Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center, was cited to several All-America teams, and was a seventh-round draft pick by the San Diego Chargers last spring. In addition to these standouts, current senior Tim McAuliffe
has committed to play at Bowling Green State next fall.
For more information, contact Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton
at (630) 243-3280.