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It's going to be a tough sell for Nebraska with Marcus Lucas. The standout receiver from Liberty (Mo.) is already holding some very impressive offers and has come up with a top three offers already. Nebraska didn't make that list, but the Huskers will get a chance to sell to him their need at the wide receiver position and the possibility for early playing time.

Marcus Lucas is one of the most coveted players in the midlands region this year. The 6-foot-4 and 175-pound receiver from Liberty (Mo.) is standing out for Liberty on the track right now.

"I am in track," Lucas said. "I am doing long jump and triple jump, but I might do the 4x100m relay as well. I have been throwing the discus as well a little bit."

Lucas has put up some very solid numbers the past two years. In fact last year, he won an award that is given to the top wide receiver in the area.

"My sophomore year I had 32 receptions for 517 yards and nine touchdowns. This past year I had 58 catches for 1,178 yards and 18 touchdowns.

"I picked up all-conference, all-district, all-Northland and all-state as a receiver. I won the Otis Taylor award as a junior and that is for the best wide receiver in the Kansas City area."

As a receiver, Lucas just does things right. His strengths are catching the ball and then making plays with the ball. He knows that he has to do some work to get better, but he is addressing his weaknesses.

"Obviously just catching the ball. I feel like I have ability to get past defenders. I use my technique that my coaches have taught me. One of my weaknesses right now is getting of the line, but I am working on that through the weight room."

"I have the ability to break tackles and play hard. I think that in the open field that my height gives me an advantage to go up and get the jump balls."

Lucas has lined up all over the field for Liberty. As a sophomore he even saw some time as a tight end, but he also has a role on special teams as a return man.

"I am pretty much all over the place. My sophomore year I was playing some tight end too. I have played slot, flanker and also did punt and kick return."

Lucas is pretty sure that he has a double-digit offer total, but isn't quite sure how many or who they are all from. He was able to list most of them off and has a top three as of right now.

"I am not really sure how many I have. It's about 10 or 12. I have offers from Missouri, Oklahoma, Stanford, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arizona, Kansas State, Kansas and Wisconsin for sure.

"From the offers that I have received so far I have come up with a top three and I think that Missouri and Oklahoma are at the top as well as Stanford for academic purposes."

Lucas is looking for a strong program with a good coaching staff. He is also looking for the right fit where he can come in and see some playing time early.

"I am definitely looking for a good program and a good history at the school. I am also looking at the coaching staff. I also want to see myself playing there and also playing immediately."

With two junior days under his belt, Lucas does have one more trip coming up in April. He will head up to see Lincoln and has heard a lot of good things about Nebraska from his friends.

"I have been to junior days at Oklahoma and Missouri. I will be at Nebraska's spring game in April. I am pretty interested in Nebraska. I have a lot of friends that tell me good things about Nebraska."


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