Highly-touted pass rusher Terrell Lucas hoped to be lacing up the cleats and playing football into early December, but has shifted his full attention to the recruiting process after piling up a 5-5 record on the season with his teammates at Miramar (Fla.) High.
Lucas, a 6-foot-2.5, 230-pound senior who's in possession of a boatload of offers from a number of different conferences, has Dave Cutcliffe and the Duke Blue Devils out front in his recruitment, but certainly isn't shutting the door on any of his additional suitors.
In fact, Lucas has already took that next step and scheduled three of his five official visits. The South Florida native will be making the trek up to Nebraska on Dec. 4, and then hit the road again just a week later to officially visit Duke on Dec. 11. Butch Jones and Tennessee will also get their shot following the New Year on Jan. 15.
The versatile defender out of Broward County recently caught up with Scout to detail the trio of schools that are set to host him for an official visit.
Tennessee: "They're in the SEC, so playing in the SEC has the best route to take if I wanted to take the route to the NFL. The coaching staff jumped on me early and are really keeping in contact."
Nebraska: "When they offered, they didn't waste any time trying to get on me. Obviously they like me because they wouldn't have offered me if they didn't, but they think I have a chance to come in and make an early impact based on my ability. They didn't promise me a starting job, but they said I can do it and just have to work for it."
Duke: "With Duke, I have the best relationship with them. The coaches and I speak about two or three times a week, and that's the one I'm most interested in."
Nothing is set in stone, but schools out of the Big Ten and Pac-12 are in line to snag Lucas' remaining two official visits.
"I'm probably going to set up my other two with Cal and Minnesota," Lucas said.
Lucas hopes to make a decision after getting out and taking all of his official visits.
One thing that Lucas certainly has going for him is his ability to play a variety of different roles on the defensive side of the ball. The Florida native plays with great finesse and really knows how to use his hands to free himself off blocks. Lucas is light on his feet and really utilizes his speed and athleticism on the edge to his advantage as well.