Tennessee Takes the Next Step With Miami-Based 2019 OL Dontae Lucas

Fresh off a Tennessee offer, 2019 offensive lineman Dontae Lucas says he has a "great" relationship with a pair of in-state schools as well.

Coach Butch Jones and Tennessee are now two feet in with 2019 offensive lineman, Dontae Lucas, who captured an offer from the Volunteers on Monday evening.

Lucas, who transferred to Miami (Fla.) Senior High over the offseason, is a hot commodity on the recruiting scene who possesses additional offers from Miami (Fl)FloridaAuburn and Kentucky among others.

"I like Tennessee a lot," Lucas said. "The offer I got today was a blessing. It showed me that my hard work is starting to pay off. I love the offense Tennessee runs, and I feel I'll be a dominant lineman in their offense.

"Most of all, I know they developed one of the best QBs that played in the NFL in Peyton Manning. They also just got one of the best, Trey Smith, a lineman I've been watching since I was in the ninth grade."


The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Lucas is not quite ready to pull the trigger by labeling one school as the leader, but a pair of in-state suitors are certainly pushing all the right buttons early on.

"I don't really have a top (school) at this moment because I'm an underclassman, but I have a great relationship with (offensive line) coach (Stacy) Searels (Miami) and (offensive line) coach (Brad) Davis (Florida).

"Due to me being an underclassman, they can't really say anything, but coach Searels talks to me when I go to UM. Coach Davis talked to me on my unofficial visit at UF. One thing I like about coach Searels is he treats his offensive linemen like they're his own children. He pushes them to the max.

"Same as coach Davis; he can get the best out of his players. Coach Davis is the guy that would push you. They are great coaches, and I believe they can get me to the next level."

Lucas, who hopes to release a top 10 by the end of his junior year, has no visits scheduled at this time.

Stay tuned to Scout for the latest developments in Lucas' recruitment.

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