Lucas fits mold of LSU power back

Nick Saban has shown an affinity for power runners in recent years, such as LaBrandon Toefield and current Tiger freshman Alley Broussard. He'll look to add another big back in the 2004 recruiting class, and Baton Rouge's own Jay Lucas certainly fits the bill.

The 5-foot-11, 220 pound Lucas has powered Redemptorist to the third seed in the class 4A state playoffs and recently took time to talk recruiting with Tiger Rag.

"It's been enjoyable," Lucas said. "I've been getting lots of calls from schools all over the country."

Lucas is preparing to face Glen Oaks in the first round of the playoffs this weekend. Last week he climbed over the 1000-yard plateau for the season in rousing fashion, ripping off an 80-yard run on his first carry of the game.

"And I only needed 13," he added.

Lucas lists LSU and Florida State as his top two schools, citing both schools propensity for playing freshmen tailbacks as what attracts him to them. "Florida State is known for their power backs, and I could play there early," he says. "LSU is a lot closer to home, and I could play there early, too. They rotate a lot of backs and there's a good chance I could see playing time somewhere."

Lucas has no official visits planned as of this time but plans on taking several after the season, listing FSU, Florida, Texas, Indiana, and Tennessee as schools he'd like to see.

He said he doesn't plan on making an official visit to LSU but has already seen the campus on several unofficial visits. He has a 2.7 core GPA and is waiting on his ACT score after taking the test two weeks ago.

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