Shane Lucas hasn't been available to talk about his recruiting or signing with
NC State for awhile now. But he has had good reason. Shane has been busy with the
disciplinary life that
It all sounds like a lot to go through on top of the everyday recruiting routine that great Hargrave players already have to deal with. But the people who go there and finish what they start really seem to appreciate the experience. When I asked Shane about the academy, the busy schedule, and the everyday life at Hargrave, he had everything positive to say with no regrets at all. "I have been here for a year and I graduate this Saturday. It has been a very good experience for me. The discipline I have learned here is good for my academics and athletics."
The military has a way of setting individual egos aside. You also will find the same on Hargrave's football field. They have a roster of 70 players and most are college prospects. According to Shane, playing time and stats are not the point at Hargrave. "I have been able to play with some of the best players in the nation here. I am able to see how I compare against them everyday. This is a prep school so we play a lot of players. So the stats are not high. I had 68 tackles for the year. I just go in and do the best I can."
Off season training? More of the same. It's all about the time management at Hargrave. "It is hard up here with the schedule I'm on, but I try to stay in shape by running in the afternoon."
Shane's valuable experience will be over soon. He is set to graduate on Saturday, but as he has learned at the academy, no time goes unfilled. He wants to get down to NC State as soon as possible to get a jump on his academics by taking a class or two.
When he arrives, he will be reunited with a couple of players he has gotten to know through the recruiting process. Two that he named in particular were DeMarcus "Tank" Tyler and Kalani Heppe. "I got to meet some of the players at the Red-White game. Tank Tyler and Manny Lawson played a good game. I also know Kalani Heppe. These are all good people and that's what it's all about…. Surrounding myself with these types of people."
Once he gets down to
Shane was the last of the 2004 commitments. We
asked him why he waited so near signing date to make his choice known. "I have
wanted to go to NC State for a long time. I made a silent commitment on my visit
(January 17th) but I kept it quiet until signing day. There are a lot
of players up here and a whole lot of coaches are around. So I just wanted to
keep it quiet." Shane did just that, holding his announcement until one day
after the football dead period had begun on