Midland, MI -- Traverse City West saw its season get off to an undesirable start last week falling 16-0 to Midland, but that wasn’t Titans’ only sore spot. They were forced to go to battle without c/o 2016 left tackle Thiyo Lukusa due to a knee injury he suffered in practice.
“It’s an LCL sprain,” said Lukusa after watching his team from the sideline. “I’ll be back next week. Our defense was phenomenal, (but) our offense has things to work on. We’ll get better as the season goes on.”
The rising sophomore plans to be a major part of that improvement thanks in large part to the growth he has seen in his game. After camp stops at Northwestern, Penn State, Michigan State, and Michigan over the summer his confidence and conditioning are at an all time high. His standout showing in Ann Arbor certainly got the Wolverine coaching staff’s attention, and they are among those keeping a close eye on his progress.
“The Michigan camp went well,” Lukusa recalled. “I played well during the camp. I talked with Coach [Dan] Ferrigno frequently and Coach [Darrell] Funk. He talks to me about working hard and getting better.”
“It’s a great school. They’re pretty interested in my I think. “
So too are a number of other programs, especially Michigan State. The Spartans remain Lukusa’s lone offer, but he insists that offers them no early advantage.
“I love my relationship with their staff, (but ) everyone is on the same level with me right now,” he stated firmly. “MAC schools, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Northwestern (and) Wisconsin.”
The Traverse City West star has no problem patiently waiting for that roster of suitors and offers to grow. Even though he already knows what he is looking for in a school, recruiting just isn’t one of his chief concerns at the moment.
“(I want) a team with an attitude that wants to win, great academics, and a team with a really good coaching staff that I can build a relationship with,”” Lukusa explained. “Right now I just plan on working with my high school team to be honest.”