With three solid linebackers already committed, NC State has hopes of completing a quartet and made a step in that direction this weekend when they hosted Sterling Lucas from Orangeburg-Wilkinson (SC) High School.
The 6-2, 220 pound ‘backer wowed those in attendance at the Shrine Bowl with his defensive MVP effort and that came on top of an outstanding senior season. On the year, Lucas collected 161 tackles and five sacks en route to all-region and all-state honors.
The Wolfpack jumped on Lucas during Shrine Bowl workouts and followed Michigan State in offering him a scholarship. The State coaches had the opportunity to host him on his initial official visit this past weekend. Lucas talked with Pack Pride about how the trip went.
"It went real good," said Lucas. "It was a great weekend. The highlight was getting to spend time with the players and the coaches as well. They showed me around the campus and they had real nice facilities. So, yeah, it was a real nice weekend.
"They have a great coaching staff at NC State. They really know what they're talking about and they know what to do to turn this program around for the better."
NC State's need for linebackers has been well-documented and it's obvious that has been a major selling point for the Pack all year. It's also something that Lucas has taken notice of and is one of the factors that makes them most attractive.
"Really, the chance to play early is the main thing with State," he said. "They graduated several linebackers so there's a real good chance that I could come in and possibly start. That's been my goal, is to start as a freshman. I would be playing outside (linebacker), probably the will linebacker spot but I could play (inside and outside) either one. But in their scheme, they like me as a will linebacker."
Lucas was hosted by one of the Wolfpack's top commitments for the class of 2008.
"Dwayne Maddox hosted me," he said. "He graduated early and he just enrolled last week. Him and some of the other players were showing me around. They showed me what it's like on a normal day around there."
Lucas has at least two more official visits planned with the possibility of a third. While he didn't name any favorites at this point, Lucas seemed to be impressed with what the Pack had to offer.
"I have UNC next weekend and then Michigan State," he said. "I'm also going to try set up a visit with Maryland possibly.
"I'm not favoring anyone but as far as NC State, I really had a good time and I was really impressed so I definitely like NC State."
Lucas plans to host in-home visits this week with coaches from Wake Forest, Michigan State, UNC and NC State.