Pack Evaluating NJ Linebacker

Medford (NJ) Shawnee linebacker Dillon Lucas has seen increased interest from NC State, and he is interested in the Wolfpack. Pack Pride breaks down the 2011 standout's recruitment.

Dillon Lucas has emerged as a new name to watch on the NC State recruiting board over the past few weeks.

Lucas, a 6-2, 205-pound linebacker from Shawnee High School in Medford, N.J., does not have an offer from the Wolfpack but Tom O'Brien's coaching staff has been keeping a close eye on him and appears to be leaving the door open for a possible offer in the future. Whether or not Lucas picks up an offer from the Pack might depend on what happens with some of NC State's other recruiting targets at the linebacker position, but it's clear by now that the coaches like what Lucas brings to the table.

It's even more clear that Lucas is interested in NC State, based on the recent comments he made in a conversation with Pack Pride.

"I really like NC State. I'm going to try to get up there sometime in the near future to try and go see a game," Lucas said. "I want to get on the campus and talk to the coaches in person.

"I'd say they probably started talking to me in early September, maybe even late August. That's when they really started talking to me. By September they were sending me a lot of things through the mail and a few e-mails and that sort of thing. I really like them. I'm trying to get up there and see what they're about.

"I've only spoken to one coach on the phone and he just said he really liked my film and was happy I sent it to them, things of that nature. I'm definitely trying to look into NC State more."

One of the reasons Lucas started looking into NC State was because of his interest in another school in the area. The coaches from Duke have been recruiting Lucas for a long time, and he has even visited Duke before. He has not stopped by NC State while in the Triangle area, but there's a good chance he will do that later in the season or after the season is over.

Buffalo and Duke have both offered scholarships to the talented linebacker, and a few other schools remain in the mix as well.

"I really like West Virginia and I'm going to get up to one of their games. I really like Pitt and I really like Villanova too," he added. "Villanova's got a nice program and they're close to home. Those (plus Duke and NC State) are probably my top schools."

Lucas said he does not know what he will be doing with his official visits. He has a relatively small pool of schools to choose from but much of what he does will hinge on which schools have offered by the time November or December rolls around.

He said he will be sitting down with his family in the coming weeks to evaluate just where he stands relative to the recruiting process as a whole and he will try to determine what his plan will be between now and Signing Day. He does not plan on making his decision until after his senior season at Shawnee.

Going into his last game on Friday, Lucas had made 52 tackles, two sacks and forced three fumbles.

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