The 2010 wide receiver harvest is bountiful in the Kansas City area with five-star Justin McCay from Bishop Miege High School, four-star Marcus Lucas from Liberty, and four-star Keeston Terry from Blue Springs rounding out one of the most athletic classes the KC area has ever produced.
InsideMizzou.com recently caught up with Lucas, who hauled in 58 passes for 1,176 yards and 19 touchdowns this season, and won the Otis Taylor Award, given annually to the best receiver in the Kansas City metro area. Lucas at 6'5", towered over Kansas City Chiefs star receiver Dwayne Bowe when he presented him the award.
Though Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel and wide receivers coach Andy Hill visited Lucas' high school last week and are technically in charge of recruiting him to Columbia, he already lives with a pretty big Tiger fan.
"I obviously like Missouri." said Lucas "My mom went there, if you didn't know. I‘ve always liked Missouri growing up."
Like many young Missourians, Lucas fantasized about donning the black and gold as a boy, and those memories are among the many things he finds attractive about Mizzou. "I like the coaches, the atmosphere." said Lucas. "Just knowing I've always pictured myself in a Missouri uniform, and knowing that could be a reality."
Lucas wouldn't admit that the Tigers were a front-runner in the recruiting race, but he wasn't shy about his fondness of Ole' MIzzou. "Definitely I like the offense." he said. "I like that they like to throw the ball a lot. I definitely take into consideration that I could get a chance to play early with my ability, because they like to spread the ball around."
Other schools vying for Lucas' services include Kansas State, Stanford, Oklahoma, Kansas, and UCLA. So far, only MU, KSU, and Stanford have extended him an official offer. Lucas will be in Columbia Saturday for Missouri's junior day, but don't look for an early commitment from him just yet.
"I'm just waiting it out, just to see." said Lucas. "I told my mom that I really don't know, especially with basketball and track coming up soon. By the end of the summer going into my senior year I might be aiming at making a decision."
When talking to Keeston Terry earlier this month, Inside Mizzou learned that he and Lucas developed quite the relationship. Terry told us that he and Lucas had talked about going to college together, but they're not the only ones.
"Our parents make jokes about it, our moms." said Lucas. "We haven't talked about it as for sure. We both kind of talked about how we want to stay in the Midwest."
Terry's mom attended Kansas, and Lucas' went to Mizzou, but when I asked Lucas if their moms ever engaged in a little trash talking about the rivalry, Lucas assured me they did not.