Minnesota is looking to add some more beef to their offensive line and offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover has been keeping tabs on a sleeper offensive lineman form Lone Star State. Earlier this week, the Gopher knew he fit the bill for what they were looking for and offered Katy (TX.) James Taylor junior offensive tackle Zach Lucas.
"Coach Limegrover came down last week and he was talking to me," Lucas told GopherDigest. "It was during the football period of school and he told me that he likes what he sees, the way I move and everything. He was supposed to come back this week or next week to watch me actually practice, but he said he couldn't get the chance because something came up. I talked to him on the phone the other night and he told me that he like to offer me. I was excited about it because I was waiting for it. He had talked to me during the time he came and pulled me aside and talked to me one on one for longer than 10 seconds like all the other coaches do."
"It was good to talk to him and he is a real good guy. I like the offense he runs and it is the same offense we are running at my school. I think it works real well with the way I play."
Could Gopher fans possibly be seeing this mammoth Texas lineman make his way up to Minneapolis in the future"
"I have talked to my dad about visiting and I want to try and get up there this summer when I have some free time away from school," said Lucas. "I want to see the campus and all the other coaches."
The 6-5, 290-pound tackle holds six offers at the moment, but after landing a Minnesota offer, he has vaulted them into his top list and talks about it along with his others on his leader board and if a decision could be on the horizon.
"They are definitely in my top three right now. That is for sure."
"Right now, it is Oregon State, Minnesota and Rice. Oregon State was my first offer and they have showed the most interest. I went up there to visit a couple weeks ago for their spring game and got a real good tour. They also offer a very good engineering program specifically mechanical, which is what I want to do. Rice is the school my dad played at and they also have a very prestigious engineering program as well."
"I want to commit before my senior season starts, but with the new offense. It is a power base offense, I ave been talking to my coaches and my dad and they said I will get more offers as coaches see my film in this offense. I don't know if I am actually going to before my senior season starts or if it is going to be somewhere in the middle, but I am shooting for before the season."
While some may be unfamiliar with Lucas's game, he breaks down what he brings to the gridiron and how he is nicely fitting into his high school's new offense from the spread to more of a pro-style attack.
"I think I am going to fit in real well," said Lucas. "It is amazing so far with just the last three days of practice I have had. I am learning everything real quick and the scheme is so much more easier than it was last year. I am picking up everything really well. I like to play real low and aggressive with my hands. We ran pass a lot last year, so I am pretty good at pass blocking."