Based on size alone, 2016 Traverse City (Mich.) West offensive tackle Thiyo Lukusa is one of the biggest football recruiting targets the state has to offer.
Standing 6-foot-6, 293-pounds, Lukusa is coming off a promising junior season in which he feels significant progress was made, specifically in one key area.
“I became a much better run blocker,” Lukusa said. “I got a little bit of a mean streak and just being more aggressive.”
With offers rolling in early in his recruiting process, including one from Michigan under the Wolverines former coaching staff, Lukusa appeared to be a near lock to head to Ann Arbor for his college career.
Now that Jim Harbaugh is in charge at Michigan, Lukusa is still waiting to get in contact with the Wolverines again.
“I haven’t heard from them to honest,” Lukusa said. “It’s a big hire and he brought in a great staff so it definitely spiked my interest a little bit but I haven’t talked to them.”
Should Michigan get in contact in the future, Lukusa believes that would put the Wolverines right back in the race for his services.
“Yeah definitely,” he said. “No doubt.”
Does Lukusa even have a leader at this point?
“I probably do,” he said. “But I’d like to keep it to myself.”
Coming up on a crucial spring and summer period in terms of scholarship offers and determining where his recruiting process will head, Lukusa plans to head further south to visit several schools.
“I’m probably going to visit the south, a lot of them,” Lukusa said. “A couple for camps, some for spring break and see what’s going on down there. Auburn, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.).”
Thought to be a lock to stay in state or at least in the Midwest, Lukusa says he’s just trying to keep all of his options open.
“My mom said just see everything that you can see and don’t cut yourself short,” Lukusa said. “I still love the schools that are close to me but I’d love to see what else is out there.”