Jumbo athlete lists Cards in Top Five

Lexington Bryan Station football coach Oliver Lucas knows a thing or two about talent. As an assistant at the University of Colorado under Bill McCartney from 1984-1991, Lucas helped recruit most of the Buffalo's 1990 national championship team. That's how he knows Terrell Combs, a monster 6-foot-3, 250-pound athlete, is something special.

Lexington Bryan Station football coach Oliver Lucas knows a thing or two about talent. As an assistant at the University of Colorado under Bill McCartney from 1984-1991, Lucas helped recruit most of the Buffalo's 1990 national championship team. That's how he knows Terrell Combs, a monster 6-foot-3, 250-pound athlete, is something special.

"There's nothing he can't do," Lucas said. "If I were still coaching at Colorado he'd be my prime timer. I recruited 15 of the 22 starters when we won the national championship so I know what they look like and he's every bit of that."

Combs plays wide receiver, among other things for the Defenders. He has more than 400 yards receiving and about six touchdowns this season.

"He's doing fine. He's balling," said Lucas. "He's doing an unbelievable job. I mean he's prime timing. We use him on offense as a wide receiver. To be that size and run that fast is his strength. He ran a 4.5 at the Nike Camp. I mean this kid is a genetic freak."

Where do college recruiters project Combs at the next level?

"Some of them are recruiting him for different things. It just depends on what they need," Lucas said. "There's nothing he can't play on the field. He averages over 40 yards per punt. At wide receiver, he's got like six touchdowns already. He can play running back, he can be a free safety or a linebacker. It's just whatever you want. Most of the schools are recruiting him for the offensive side of the ball, though."

So what position does Combs want to play in college?


Lexington Bryan Station standout Terrell
Combs lists Louisville in his top five.
"We're not going to say right now because he doesn't want to tip his hand," Lucas said. "He just wants to see where the (schools) want him to play and then he'll make his decision based upon those kinds of things."

On the recruiting front, Combs appears focused on five schools: Minnesota, Auburn, Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky. Combs has offers from each of his favorite schools.

"Right now those are the five," Lucas said. "Florida State just contacted us and they want to set up a visit. So he's interested in that as well."

Combs recently visited Minnesota and he made an unofficial visit to Kentucky for the Louisville game. He doesn't have any other visits scheduled at the moment and Lucas said his star likely will make most of his visits after the season.

"He visited Minnesota and I think he's going to visit Auburn and Michigan State," Lucas said. "He hasn't set up any visits with Louisville or Kentucky yet because he's already been to both schools. He may visit one of them on an official visit but I don't think he's going to visit both of them on an official. He hasn't nailed down dates at this point because we're in the middle of our season."

Lucas said both Louisville and Kentucky are trying their best to land Combs.

"Both schools have been very active (recruiting) him," Lucas said. "I would say the in-state schools have a legitimate chance just like everyone else. But it's just a matter of who is going to do their due diligence. I think it's going to come down to who has the best situation for him at the position that he wants to play."

Tony Alford is recruiting Combs for Louisville. Where do the Cardinals stand for the jumbo athlete?

"I would think they're right up there with everyone else," Lucus said. "It's just going to come down to where he thinks is in his best interest to play. Louisville is recruiting him as an athlete."

Chuck Smith is recruiting Combs for Kentucky. Where do the Wildcats stand with him?

"I think they're in a good position," Lucas said. "His main thing is that they were late getting on him. I think they've been recruiting him, but Louisville has been recruiting him since he was a sophomore. I think that benefits Louisville from that standpoint if it were a tie."


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