When talking to Jeff Luc, one quickly notices that he's not all that familiar with the recruiting process. But thanks to technology, and the ever famous youtube.com website, Luc has been able to bypass several steps of it.
Not too long ago Luc was just another unknown prospect hoping to get a look. The odds of being noticed seemed to be stacked against him. Because he attended a school that was only two years old and played out of position on the defensive line, there was serious doubt about whether he would ever play big time college football. Then two key decisions forever erased that doubt.
It all started when Aaron Shepherd, an assistant coach at Treasure Coast High School, suggested that Luc make the move to linebacker. The 6-1, 235-pounder has been there ever since. His junior year stat line tells the story of why; 125 tackles, eight sacks, 22 tackles for loss, and two interceptions.
Another important decision was made by his older brother (who attended FSU). The elder Luc felt there were enough of highlights of his sibling to load onto "YouTube". Afterward the BCS offers have come flooding in. Now the Dade County transplant is a blue-chipper, with the humility of low rated prospect. It seems he's just happy to be wanted.
"Man, this is crazy. Going to a new school, in small town, and I'm the first kid to get recruited. It came from out of nowhere."
More good news came Thursday when Luc added to his offer list that was previously at 15.
It's still hard for Luc to fathom all the newfound attention from college coaches. He still sees himself as the young kid struggling to get noticed.
"Coming up, I always played in the streets with older kids, who really only picked me to even out teams and because I had heart," he said. "That's when I learned that I need to be able to play every position in football. I'm blessed, and I thank God for it. I wish I could visit every school that offers me."
With that information, it's not hard to understand the violent brand of football displayed in Luc's highlight clips. His outstanding athleticism is only surpassed by passion for the game. Still, some opponents have taken issue with his fire. So vicious are some of his hits that some have come under scrutiny.
"I'm not trying to hurt anybody, but I always play full throttle," he explained. "I'm from Miami, and that's the way we grow up playing football. I'm on the field the whole game and I feel like I have something to prove. Because of my size people don't think I'm fast. They always try to run away from me."
With offers from the "big three" in Florida, the obvious question becomes is he interested in leaving the state.
"I'm going to wherever I feel comfortable, in Florida or not," Luc said matter-of-factly. "If the school has a defensive system that fits me and playing time, that's where I'm going. Academics are #1. I have a 3.7 core GPA."
Luc believes that one of the schools with a strong blend of academics and athletics is Michigan. That explains, though only in part, his interest in the Wolverines.
"I don't think I got anything from Michigan so far, but I like their colors… that Maize and Blue," he said. "That has always stood out to me because my brother has a Charles Woodson jersey. The helmets are hot too!"
So would there be more interest if the Wolverines were to get involved?
"Yes," Luc said emphatically. "I'm not going to act brand new. This is a rags to riches story."
To view Luc's yYouTube Highlights, click the following link: YouTube - JEFF LUC HIGHLIGHT CLASS 2010