A recent trip to South Carolina by defensive line coach Ted Gill uncovered a gem, silver even. Sterling Lucas, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker who recorded over 160 tackles as a senior has Michigan State on his short list.
Lucas told GSN he is in the process of setting up his official visit to MSU, most likely the weekend of January 12th or the 19th. Competition of Lucas' services are North Carolina State, South Carolina and Kentucky.
"Coach Ted Gill made the offer to me. They're telling me that they want me to come up on a visit in January and they feel like I can help the program.
GSN asked Lucas what he knew about Michigan State that attracted him to the program. "I know its a really good school with really good tradition and when I visit I hope to learn more about the school."
We wanted to know more about Lucas, what does he feel his strengths are on the football field and since he was contacted by Coach Gill could he see himself playing with his hand down?
"I'm strictly a linebacker," said Lucas. "I'm a real physical player, I love to hit, I have a lot of speed and I can play inside or outside. I like to get downhill.
How did he senior season end? "I ended up with 161 tackles." Add to that the five sacks that he recorded from the linebacker position. Despite his production, Orangeburg HS ended the season with a disappointing 4-7 record.
We wondered how would a player from South Carolina react when he landed in East Lansing and found anywhere to between a dusting to 10" of snow on the ground.
"I can adapt to anything, I was born in Alaska," explained Lucas. "My father was in the service so I can handle (the cold weather)."
The military background may explain why the pleasant and polite, well spoken youngster constantly ended his sentences with "yes, sir."
Lucas really raised eyebrows with his performance in the annual Shrine Bowl week of practices where his 4.6 speed really got the eye of recruiters who overlooked him previously.
Lucas promises to check in with GSN following his visit to East Lansing so stay tuned to GSN for all the latest.