When looking for a school, one of the things Blinn College (Texas) center Chance McCormack was playing time. Lamar offered that chance and because of that, McCormack will sign with the Cardinals on Wednesday, the first day that mid-year transfers can sign a letter of intent.
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound McCormack liked what the FCS program had to offer as far as playing time, the quality of facilities to the location of Beaumont, Texas, which isn't far from his hometown of Dayton, Texas.
When he visited the Lamar campus in November to see the Cardinals host Nicholls State, he was impressed and committed just two days after his visit.
"The facilities were top-notch really," McCormack said. "They're all brand new. It's a new program and it's close to home, so I knew a lot of people there already. I have teammates from Blinn that play there and guys that I know from high school that played there."
Recruited by Lamar head coach Ray Woodard, McCormack also had offers from Northeastern State and Western Illinois. He liked the vibe he got from Woodard.
"He's a real cool guy," said McCormack, who has two years of eligibility. "He'll tell you up front and he's not going to lie to you or nothing."
And most importantly, Woodard was up front about playing time for McCormack.
"They said day one I'll be in there," McCormack said. "That's really what I was looking for. I didn't want to go somewhere and not be playing."