Future Husker ready to get to Lincoln

To some it was a down year in terms of talent in California. Don't tell Nebraska that. They just got the top rated running back from in California who could not just be the state's best, but the nation's best.

Marlon Lucky will be representing the West team when he comes to San Antonio this January for the U.S. Army All-American game. With offers from all over the nation, Lucky chose the Huskers and their new West Coast Offense.

This past week was tough for Lucky who saw his team get knocked out of the playoff race. The best part for him though was validation on his commitment and getting the attention that a commit deserves. Head Coach Bill Callahan and John Blake visited with Lucky.

"It was cool. I didn't know that both of them were coming," Lucky said. "I knew that Blake was coming but when I saw Callahan I was like 'whoa'. It was kind of surprising."

"We talked about the academics and how the program works. They basically said that Nebraska is a great place for me to be and I agree with them. The town is great and everybody follows football. The offense works for me. They are looking for backs that can catch the ball."

Lucky's commitment may have caught the recruiting world a little off-guard. It wasn't an early commitment, but it had been a few weeks since the Nebraska visit and then Lucky commits.

"I had to get it out of the way. I just kept about recruiting and not thinking about my grades. I really wanted to commit while I was on the trip (the official to Nebraska), but my guardian told me to wait."

The academic situation for Lucky has been improving. For some fans of some schools, not getting Marlon was sort of sweet lemons in that they don't believe that he will get qualified. Well, Marlon is making sure that he will.

"Right now I just need to get my GPA up. I probably have like a 2.6 to go along with my SAT scores. I think that I can get it up."

The season ended for Lucky in what might have been his best prep performance. A night that just about the entire USC coaching staff was in attendance, Lucky went off and put up huge numbers.

"I had eight touchdowns and 303 yards rushing. I had over 2200 yards rushing on the season, 47 total touchdowns and about 400 yards receiving."

The Nebraska coaches haven't spoke to Lucky about returning duties, but he isn't ruling out the possibility of doing it. "They never kicked to me. I had one team kick it to me the first game and I ran over one of my lineman. After that, no body ever kicked it to me."

Lucky's school is set up a little bit different in that they go in semesters similar to college. Currently he is enrolled in a "summer school" type course. He is taking math and is doing very well.

Lucky will take the field as a high school player for the last time in San Antonio this January. The debate is on though as to which running back is the best in the nation. Is Lucky out to prove something?

"I'm coming to play. I'm bringing my "A" game. I'll show everyone that I'm the best."

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