Signee Spotlight 2010: Marcus Lucas

ShowMeMizzou.com spotlights Liberty (MO) WR and 2010 Tiger signee Marcus Lucas

WR MARCUS LUCAS  6'5"  205  4.5 forty  38" vertical  Liberty (MO)

BIO

One of the top playmakers in the Midwest who is considered a smooth pass catcher with an ability to consistently make acrobatic plays and use his height to outmaneuver opponents for the ball.  Scout.com ranks him as the nation's No. 15 wide receiver.  Lucas was selected to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Game in January, and is a two-time 1st Team All-State wide receiver, and two-time Otis Taylor Award winner, which is awarded each year to the best receiver in the Kansas City metro area.  He played as a marked man during his senior season, but still managed to catch 38 passes for 819 yards and 9 touchdowns, and as a junior, garnered 58 receptions for 1,176 yards and 18 scores.  He caught 32 passes for 572 yards and 9 TDs during his sophomore season.  In addition to his football exploits, he was also a standout in basketball and track and field for Liberty High.

His high school coach is Joel Wells, and his mother, Monique Lucas,played basketball at Missouri from 1986-89.  Marcus is interested in studying either business or sports medicine at Mizzou. He lists sports and being around family and friends as his hobbies.  He chose Mizzou over Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa, UCLA, Kansas, Tennessee, Stanford and Arkansas, among many others, and says that it was the strong family atmosphere in the Mizzou program which was a major appeal.


Marcus talked about choosing to play at Missouri.  "Mizzou's always been close to my heart.  Every time I get down there, it just feels like home.  And, the coaches didn't pressure me or anything."


COACHES QUOTES

The lead recruiter for Missouri on Marcus Lucas was Assistant Coach Andy Hill.  Coach Hill talked about Marcus Lucas.  "Marcus is very talented.  He has good size, and good speed.  The thing I like about him is he catches the ball away from his body.  He's not afraid to have guys around his feet.............. Marcus is a guy that once he catches it, he can do something with it."


Liberty Head Coach Joel Wells spoke in glowing terms regarding Lucas. ""He's a game-changer," Liberty coach Joel Wells said. "He's tall, and he can run. He can be as good as he wants."

OUR TAKE

JP: "You could see that Marcus was going to be a special player as a sophomore. His size,athleticism and pass catching ability clearly stood out. He was pretty fluid even back then as a receiver. What he also brings is great hands. He can snag the ball out of the air just using his hands and doesn't need the ball placed right between the numbers.He has the ability to make tough catches look easy. He also uses his height and leaping ability well and has better speed then you'd anticipate.Good football IQ and is a very good route runner.He also has very good agility and elusiveness. He looked comfortable returning punts and kicks."

Greg: "Lucas shows the ability to run down the field while turning his hips and catching the ball in his hands.  He uses his size to shield defenders from the ball, and after the catch, he demonstrates strength as well as elusiveness, to go along with balance and power."    


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