Shrine Focus: Sterling Lucas

ROEBUCK, S.C. -- Players under the radar can use the Shrine Bowl to pick up scholarship offers and one guy looking to do just that is Orangeburg (SC) Wilkinson linebacker Sterling Lucas.

At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Sterling Lucas has been turning heads during workouts for South Carolina.

"I'm playing inside and outside linebacker here," said Lucas. "I think on the next level I can play both. I'm real versatile. I have the size to play inside and the speed to play outside. I think I can play either of those positions.

"I just come out here everyday and bring the intensity. I want to dominate."

Lucas enters Shrine Bowl week fresh off a huge senior season.

"Our team came out on the bottom end," he said. "We ended up 4-7 because we were kind of young, but I finished with 161 tackles and five sacks."

That productivity caught the eye of several colleges. Although Lucas has yet to earn a high-major offer, he feels a couple are on the way with those two programs currently recruiting him the hardest.

"Right now it's NC State, Michigan State, USC has talked to me, and Kentucky," said Lucas. "NC State and Michigan State are recruiting me the hardest. They are apparently about to offer me here real soon."

NC State tight ends coach Jim Bridge is recruiting Lucas for the Wolfpack.

"He's a real cool guy," Lucas said of Bridge. "He's down-to-earth, and he shoots it to you straight. He said he likes my speed, how I get downhill, and how I get off blocks. He said he likes my intensity on the field."

The Wolfpack recently hosted Lucas and his father for an unoffical visit. The linebacker expects to head back to Raleigh in January for an official.

"I went to NC State's last home game against Maryland," he said. "It's a great place. They have nice facilities, and I like the coaching staff. It's a pretty good institution.

"I'm suppose to be going back up there in Jauary for an official visit, and Michigan State wants me to visit in January too."

Lucas knows this is a big week for him. He has a chance to earn some scholarship offers and secure his future. Even if a couple of offers come his way, expect him to honor the process and take some trips before committing.

"For a school, I don't have a favorite right now," he stated. "Once I go on my official visits, I'm going to pick out the right place for me. I've got to be there four years so I need to make the right decision."

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