6'8". 6'5". 6'4". 6'6". 5'10". No, it's not the starting lineup for the Wildcats basketball team. That's 6'8" Edna Karr Offensive Lineman Cornelius Lucas, his 6'5" father, 6'4" mother, 6'6" older sister and 5'10" younger sister (who happens to be in 6th grade). Yes, they grow them BIG in the Lucas family.
Cats start with momentum right out of the gate, landing another commit after a big recruiting weekend. Following a roughly hour-long phone call with Coach Bill Snyder Wednesday evening, 2 star Offensive Lineman Cornelius Lucas is the latest to commit to Kansas State and pledge to play his football in Manhattan.
Looking for talent throughout the country, the Cats found what they were looking for in the state of Louisiana where football is the only game in town and a family affair. KStateFans just got the word and the word is "Kansas State has landed a jewel," said Coach Jabaar Juluke of Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. High praise indeed but take the source and you will understand the excitement surrounding this commitment comes from 6th year Head Coach Juluke whose school has produced 15 D1 players this past season alone and put out NFL talent the likes of Buffalo's Robert Royal and Kansas City's Patrick Surtain. "He's a great young man. A good football player, but a better young man. He's respectful and does things the right way," commented Coach Juluke following the commitment of his player.
A two year starter for Edna Karr, Lucas brings a budding nastiness to the offensive line. Yes, you read the first paragraph correctly...6'8" and 280 pounds, Lucas is only 17 years old still growing and won't turn 18 until next summer. Plenty of time and room to grow for the youngster who anchored the line in a spread offense for the District Champions this past season. "He's not there yet with the nastiness, but we're working on it. It's growing." commented Coach Juluke. "He's done everything. We ran a spread offense, so Cornelius can get out on screens and block in space as well as zone blocking. We did a lot of zone things in the red zone." Given the offense the Cats look to employ from what KStateFans has learned, Lucas will fit well with what the Cats look to recruit to the Offensive Line. Usually in the spread offense, your linemen are guys with quick feet that move well in space and are able to use their quickness to their advantage.
Regarding Lucas' future as a Wildcat, Coach Juluke couldn't be more enthusiastic. "His best football is a head of him. We think he'll benefit from a redshirt year and to use that time to get himself into the offense and used to the speed of D1 football. He's definitely going to blossom." Coach Juluke spoke regarding the spread offense being considered by the Wildcat coaching staff and the similar offense to Florida. "I think we're very similar in how we try to run things. Similar to the modified spread of Florida. Cornelius will be comfortable in that."
Coming into Manhattan with size and strength, Coach Juluke pointed out some areas for improvement: "Cornelius needs to work more against the speed. We just don't have kids down here who are as big as he is that are 4.5 or 4.6 guys. He struggles against the smaller, quicker defensive line guys."
While visiting Kansas State last weekend, Lucas and teammate Shakiel Smith (also a target of the 'Cats) had the opportunity to meet with Coach Snyder and Lucas spent time with the staff to go over his opportunities in Manhattan. Having tested already, Lucas sports a 20 on the ACT and 3.5 core GPA.