RECRUITING: Interview with Marlon Lucky, RB

Let's just lay it out there. Marlon Lucky is a great running back prospect and a pretty nice kid. In talking to him it was easy to hear that he is laid back and enjoying his time as a highly recruited prospect. He's a consensus top 5 prospect at his position and ranks as high as number one by some recruiting services. Last season, Lucky ripped through his opponents at an incredible rate of eight yards per carry, with almost 1,800 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns.

Over the summer, Marlon had the opportunity to attend camp with the Men of Troy at the University of Southern California. Did he learn anything that will make him a better player? "We worked on reading plays, picking up zones. That kind of thing. I enjoyed it." He also worked out with his team over the summer, working on team drills in preparation for the new season.

Marlon was ready to talk about Barry Sanders and Marcus Allen when we asked him about players he tries to emulate. Not bad choices, eh? It's apparent that Barry Sanders has impacted Lucky, along with many other young backs. When discussing his strengths, Lucky didn't hesitate. "My speed, my vision, my cutting ability. I can throw the ball, too." What about weaknesses? "My blocking. In our offense, I have the ball most of the time, so I don't need to block. But, this year we will be more pro-style." Hopefully the change will bring the championship that Lucky desires. He did admit that other than winning he hasn't really thought about setting records. He just wants to play.

With three SEC programs hot after his services, Marlon spoke a little about MSU, LSU, UF and the conference itself. "Pretty much, it's the toughest conference out there. I have family in Baton Rouge and they tell me about the campus being nice and large. I really like Coach Croom at Mississippi State. He coached Barry Sanders. They are recruiting me the hardest right now. Florida was my favorite growing up. That was my team. Coach Locksley is recruiting me for Florida."

What is this highly ranked running back prospect looking for in a program? "Depth charts, coaching, and overall environment are important." What about playing time? "Not really, but I don't want to sit until my senior year either." We asked Marlon if USC was his big leader, "Yes, but that is mostly because I know them the best." We asked if that meant things could change after he takes some visits and he confirmed it. He also said that a program's ability to win would have an effect on his decision. Currently, Marlon has not set any visits to his SEC choices, but he tells us that it is in the works and should be done soon. In the meantime, he is planning on taking in a few games this season, while he pushes his team to a championship. The best news of the evening came when Lucky told us he is on track to graduate on time.

Marlon Lucky is a cool kid that seems to have himself together, but that doesn't tell us how he plays football. By taking a look at his game film, it is easy to see why he is highly recruited. The first thing that really stands out is his speed. He can just flat blow you off the field. If you get behind him, forget it. He also has a great ability to juke defenders or give a stiff arm to make extra yardage. Whether running inside the tackles or outside, Lucky shows remarkable balance and just how hard it is to tackle him in the open field. To us, what makes Lucky so dangerous is that aside from his ability to run, he is a skilled receiver. The phrase that comes to mind is 'yards after the catch'. He is a dual threat player that reminds us of our own Markus Manson, or for the west coasters, Reggie Bush. On the downside, he definitely favors his right side when carrying the ball. While most of the time he can easily out run his opponents, the ability to be comfortable and confident with both hands is important.

Check him out on this exclusive video and see why he's so sought after by the major schools, including the Florida Gators.

Updated Stats: 6'0" 210 4.4

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