It's often said that one should not judge a book by its cover. Nothing more true could be said about 6'8" Edna Karr Offensive Lineman Cornelius Lucas. At a mere 17 years old, his appearance is that of a young man only days into his first razor blade. And his demeanor speaks more to that of someone simply enjoying the ride that comes with Division I football. And yet, it would be a rather large mistake to judge Lucas by appearance or demeanor alone. Warning, Warning: Opposing defenses should be put on notice now: "Big Sexy" will be a mountain to move on Saturdays and is a road grader in the trenches.
Anchoring the offensive line for District Champs Edna Karr High School, Lucas was tabbed a "jewel" by Head Coach Jabaar Juluke. "Cornelius is developing that nasty streak you like to have on the offensive line", Coach Juluke told KStateFans. Even further though is that Coach Juluke had only high praise to offer in regards to his talented O-Lineman, not to be taken lightly coming from a school that saw no less than 15 players on Division I rosters this past season.
KStateFans caught up with Cornelius Lucas recently to discuss his commitment to Bill Snyder's Kansas State Wildcats and to give us a firsthand preview of what's ahead.
Hosted by current Wildcat Raphael Guidry during his visit to Manhattan in December, Lucas had an opportunity to see the campus and football facilities, as well as meeting the coaches who'd been named at that time. Cornelius went out of his way to express his affection for the Limestone of KState: "The campus made the decision for me. The buildings, they're like castles or something. I thought it was like something on TV," said the mammoth offensive lineman.
Hoping to major in engineering or architecture, Lucas was quick to comment on the academic commitment the football program offers its' players. "The intense tutoring program. It means a lot. I want to do well in my studies and it's good to know the school supports that."
At the time of our conversation, Cornelius had not yet spoken with new Offensive Coordinator Andy Ludwig, but has had time on the phone with newly appointed OL Coach Charlie Dickey. "Coach Dickey and I talked. There's a big need at left tackle. It's an important position. We talked a bit about the offense and the conditioning I should take care of before coming up to Manhattan," said Lucas.
Planning a workout regime built around both strength and cardio, Lucas offered: "I plan to go 4 days a week, alternating lower and upper body. I'll combine that with an hour a day running to build up endurance." No specific workout plan has been delivered yet by Coach Kent and the Strength & Conditioning staff, but rest assured Cornelius is looking forward to the challenge Coach K will put in front of him.
Cornelius Lucas had one message to deliver to the Wildcat Nation before we ended out chat: "Let's Get It!" And from the young man they call Big Sexy down at Enda Karr High School, that's a message all KStaters should be very glad to hear.