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2013 Commit Marcell Lazard Feels Comfortable at WVU

Marcell poses with Holgorsen during a previous visit to campus. Marcell poses with Holgorsen during a previous visit to campus.

Marcell Lazard saw all he needed Saturday to commit to the West Virginia football team and as it turns out, the fans were a big part of his decision.

"The turnout," Lazard said after the Gold-Blue Game. "It was like 40 degrees outside, it was cold and rainy and there were still people out there coming to support the team."

That support is something the 6-foot-6, 293-pound offensive tackle is excited to feel in a little over a year's time when he has the chance to join the team, but he already feels like he is part of the Mountaineer family.
"100 percent. I feel welcome there, I feel like I'm part of the team now even with just a verbal commitment, I'm part of the team," says Lazard. "I've spoken with some of the offensive linemen, they're really cool guys. Coach [Bill] Bedenbaugh, I guarantee I can call him anytime and he'll answer his phone."

Bedenbaugh, West Virginia's offensive line coach, has been in touch with Lazard for over a year now. Lazard says he has become very close with Bedenbaugh and the trust the two share is a major part of his affinity for the Mountaineers.

But his appreciation for the coaches in Morgantown does not stop at Bedenbaugh.

"The coaching staff is amazing," he says. "I've been around, I've met a lot of coaching staffs and this is probably one of the best coaching staffs I've seen."

Lazard says he's been struck by the manner in which the staff carries itself and the atmosphere it creates around the program. The confidence that the team will win, rather than just hoping it will, stood out in the time he spent with Dana Holgorsen and his assistants.

"On a personal side, Coach Holgorsen assured my family today and I know this about him – it's an open-door policy where if I have a problem, I can come and talk to him," Lazard says.

Any number of offensive recruits have reason to be intrigued by the system the Mountaineers run, and Lazard is no different. He feels he will find success at WVU because his Bloomfield (N.J.) team implements a similar offense. He recognizes the switch to the college game will still be a challenge, but he believes he already has a grasp of the plays West Virginia runs.

His knowledge of the scheme isn't the only reason he thinks he will work well alongside the rest of WVU's offensive line.
"They work hard and I work hard. That's basically it," he says. "They're hard workers, they grind, they get their schoolwork done, they get to practice and they put in work. That's the type of player and person I am, so I think I'll fit right in."

Lazard is glad to know the pressures of the recruiting process are now behind him.

"I'm extremely relieved to have this off me," he says. "Everybody's like, ‘Oh, you're so lucky,' but they don't understand that this is a burden. It really is. It's tough. You have to remember to call the coach, you have to remember to do this and that."

He no longer has to worry about what college he will attend. Now Lazard can focus on his academics and finishing out his high school career with success this fall.

"I'm just so excited to be part of Mountaineer Nation," says Lazard. "I'm so excited to be part of the West Virginia football team."

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