Friday was the first time that California defensive ends coach Garret Chachere called five-star defensive end Keisean Lucier-South, and he had good news for the five-star prospect: He was extending him a scholarship offer to come up and play for the Bears.
Lucier-South – the No. 2 defensive end in the 2015 class – said that the offer came as a surprise.
"He told me that I was a great player, and they want to put me on top of their list of people they really want to recruit," said Lucier-South, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound rush end.
"I was really excited when coach Chachere told me that I got offer," Lucier-South said. "Also, I know that Cal is Great academic school and their biggest rival is Stanford."
Lucier-South – who will become the second member of his family to go to a four-year university (after his aunt) – has a 3.3 cumulative GPA, and said that academics are far more important for him than either depth chart or scheme.
"It's a really big deal," Lucier-South said. "Academics first, football second."
Lucier-South grew up watching Michigan, USC and UCLA, and while he has an offer from the Bruins – among 11 others – he'd still like to snag offers from the Wolverines and the Trojans, but pulling those down isn't at the top of his to-do list.
"It wouldn't really matter but it would be really cool," he said.
At the top of that list is getting bigger and stronger, as well as winning the coveted ring with Orange (Calif.) Lutheran.
"For my senior season I want to win state," Lucier-South said. "Also the thing I want to get better at is my strength."
Lucier-South maxes at 195 pounds in the bench press, 380 in the squat and 225 in the power clean, and wants to add weight so he can be a bit stronger at the point of attack. Physically, Lucier-South is most comparable to Chris McCain, and like McCain, the Bears like Lucier-South as a rush end, where he played last season, racking up 11.5 sacks and 52 total tackles.
Last season, Lucier-South started in the Lancers' 4-3 system, and after a change in defensive coordinators, he will be starting at weak side defensive end in Lutheran's new 3-4.
Cal likes Lucier-South's speed off the edge, with his 4.7 40 time, long arms and a great first step, with speed to beat a tackle before he can even get out of his stance. Most schools like him as a 3-4 outside linebacker, though he says that "it doesn't matter," where he plays in college.
Lucier-South is a superior athlete, starting last year as the Lancers' power forward on the hardwood.
"It helps with my agility and athleticism," Lucier-South said.
It doesn't help, though, when he's trying to add weight.
"Yeah, that's the problem," he laughed.
Lucier-South's junior year will probably be his last playing basketball, which shouldn't be difficult, because football was "easily" his first love.
With the Cal offer fresh off the presses, Lucier-South isn't sure when he wants to make a visit up to Berkeley, though he hopes to make an unofficial some time during the regular season.
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