Earlier this year, Mississippi State broke the ice for the talented junior when Coach D.J. Looney extended a scholarship offer on behalf of the Bulldogs. Patrick Lucas, who could play on either side of the ball on the next level, elected to make the trip to Starkville with family in tow to learn more about his options in Maroon and White.
"They offered me back during the spring time, so I wanted to come up here and check it out," Lucas said. "I had never been down here before and I liked it a lot."
Lucas went through the Bulldogs summer camp session and worked under the direction and supervision of the Mississippi State staff. It appears the opportunity to get to know some of the Bulldog coaches proved to be a positive one for the 6-3, 260 pounder.
"I just like the people around here," Lucas said with a grin. "It really feels like they have a family type bond around here. I just like how it feels. It was good out here today. I had a lot of fun. There was a lot of good competition."
Lucas spent a lot of his camp time working with Mississippi State offensive line coach John Hevesy and defensive line coach Brian Baker. As the one-on-one portion of the event moved along, Lucas began taking more and more reps. The Alabama native never showed any reluctance to getting back into his stance and competing.
"I just jumped in there as much as I could," Lucas said. "I knew there was going to be a lot of reps and I wasn't going to just sit there and lose reps, when I could be getting better. I feel like I got better today."
In addition to the sharpening of the physical saw, Lucas reports that he was able to get some helpful feedback from SEC coaches that will help him be a better football player this fall and beyond.
"They told me that when I am rushing to attack the guy and not worry so much about getting outside," Lucas said. "You can attack the guy, bend the corner and get to the quarterback real fast."
The Bulldogs were the first school to offer, so Lucas holds Mississippi State in high regard. As the personable junior makes the camp rounds and gets back on to the fields of play, look for his offer sheet to grow this year. A visit to Kentucky is scheduled for July 15th.
The Lions of Prattville will look to bounce back from a tough year a season ago. PHS posted a one win campaign in 2016, but Lucas is confident that he and his fellow seniors will right the ship this fall.