Name To Know: Keevan Lucas

For Keevan Lucas, it's about the controllables. "At first, I was kind of discouraged because I really wasn't getting anything after football season," he admitted. "I eventually decided to focus on what I could control, my game. And here lately, it's all picked up." The 2013 Abilene (TX) receiver has some big names liking, and a busy summer ahead.

Starting all 14 games for the Eagles last season, Keevan Lucas led the receiving corp with 68 catches for 939 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Michigan, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, SMU, California, Tulsa, and Air Force are a handful of programs that, after watching the film, took a keen interest in the 5'11, 180-pound wideout with 4.4 speed.

All are expected to be by Abilene High this spring for practices.

Lucas, meanwhile, is ready to impress.

"I'm 5'11, but I play like I'm 6'2," Lucas confidently noted. "I am very aggressive. I have big hands and I attack the ball."

"What really separates me from the bigger receivers is that I'm quick. I have the speed, and I'll blow by you or weave through you."

Lucas will showcase this at several camps this summer:

June 2: Tulsa
June 3: SMU
June 8: TCU
June 10: UTEP

"That's it for now. Those are the ones I've been invited to."

Until June, Lucas is set on living in the weightroom. "I'm trying to get bigger, but at the same time, maintain my speed. I'm working on my curl routes, making the defender have to get off of me; and making my routes crisp, so the timing with me and my quarterback is perfect."

These are things he watched his mentor and former teammate Darius Joseph do. (Joseph is now at SMU.)

"My freshman year, when I was moved up to varsity during playoffs, he took me under his wing," recollected Lucas. "It turned out we had the same life background. We had a lot in common. He was a mentor to me. When I have a receiver question, I call him."

"He tells me to stay humble and hungry, and to just keep working hard- because it can be taken from you like this-" Lucas snapped his fingers.

"He says if I focus on what I can control- keeping my grades up, staying humble, working on my game- the rest will fall into place."

Lucas heads to Lubbock this weekend for the UIL regional track meet. He will compete in the 200m with a qualifying time of 21.9 seconds; and the 4x4m relay with a split time of 49.5 seconds.

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