Terps After Pass Rusher Lucas

Miramar (Hollywood, Fla.) defensive end Terrell Lucas just committed to Duke Dec. 13 following an official visit to Durham, N.C., but that won't preclude him from exploring two other programs following the recruiting dead period.

Miramar (Hollywood, Fla.) defensive end Terrell Lucas just committed to Duke Dec. 13 following an official visit to Durham, N.C., but that won't preclude him from exploring two other programs following the recruiting dead period. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound three-star has an official visit scheduled to Tennessee Jan. 11 and Maryland Jan. 22.

"Right now I'd say I'm happy with Duke and pretty solid with Duke, but I do want to visit Maryland and Tennessee to see what they're about," said Lucas, who at one time held committable offers from Nebraska, Michigan, Oregon State, Syracuse, Cal, Colorado, and UCF, in addition to the Blue Devils; Terps; and Vols. "Those are the three schools I'm considering, and I'll make my final decision after I'm done with the Maryland official."

The Terps were the latest program to throw their names into the fray, head coach D.J. Durkin offering Lucas Dec. 21. UMD's former staff didn't pursue Lucas in earnest, but Durkin, Maryland's new headman, had a rapport with the edge rusher while the coach was at Michigan. In fact, when Durkin took the Terps' gig back in early December, Lucas figured he'd receive a Maryland scholarship eventually.

"I'm not going to say I definitely knew the Maryland offer was coming, but I was pretty sure it was going to happen," Lucas said. "I had a pretty good relationship with Coach Durkin before when he was at Michigan, and he wanted me [in Ann Arbor, Mich.] before. He's a really good guy, a really good coach and has a great defensive reputation. He's developed a lot of great players and put together great defenses in the past, so I actually really liked Michigan because of that."

So much so that Lucas said he was close to committing to the Wolverines during the summer. He opted to wait, however, and since then UM filled up its spots with other coveted defensive line recruits.

But UMD has plenty of openings along the line, which is why Durkin reengaged Lucas Dec. 21.

"Coach Durkin was just saying that even though he left Michigan I’m still one of the players he still wants," Lucas said. "He said Maryland needs pass rushers and I can get the job done. He said he'd love to have me up there, and I told him I'd take an official up there during the second weekend after the dead period. I'm excited to see what Maryland's is like."

Lucas has never visited College Park, Md., before, nor does he know much about the university other than its Big Ten affiliation and Under Armour connection. But the Florida defensive end does have family around Washington, D.C.

"I have uncles and cousins in the area, so that’s a good thing," Lucas said. "I haven’t visited the school yet, but I have been in the area, and I like it up there. It's a good vibe [around D.C.], and there's a lot of opportunities there outside of football."

There's plenty to like about Maryland, but Lucas isn't ready to flip his commitment just yet. He just verbaled to Duke Dec. 13 and is inclined to remain a Blue Devil if UMD and Tennessee don't win him over in January.

"I have a good relationship with Tennessee too; their coaches talk to me like twice a week and direct message me like every day," Lucas said. "Tennessee and Maryland have been coming after me. But I'm pretty solid with Duke. I like the whole atmosphere there. The academics are great, obviously, but the football program is up and coming. They had a good season last year, but it got derailed a little bit after they lost to Miami. If they would have won that game, their season would have been different. And the 2016 class coming in is probably one of the best Duke has ever had. They have the foundation for a good team in the future, and I wanted to be part of something like that."


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