Name: Sterling Lucas
Hometown: Orangeburg, South Carolina
High School: Orangeburg Wilkinson High School
Notes: Team captain and the heart and soul of Orangeburg Wilkinson's defense, Lucas tallied 161 tackles and five sacks during his senior campaign.
Despite the productivity, he entered Shrine Bowl week with no firm offers, but that quickly changed. With a host of coaches in attendance, he dominated practices during the week, and picked up new offers daily.
He followed that effort by capturing defensive MVP honors of the Shrine Bowl, totaling eight tackles, one tackle for a loss, a fumble recovery, and an interception in South Carolina's victory.
In January, Lucas narrowed his list to NC State, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and he visited all three programs before committing to the Wolfpack.
"I just felt like NC State was there from the beginning," Lucas told Pack Pride following his decision. "They were on me hard even before the Shrine Bowl, and I felt the love there. They really wanted me... it wasn't fake with them. It was real.
"They were on me hard
even before the Shrine Bowl."
"I love the coaches and the environment," he stated. "The players were real cool, and I could tell how it was like a big family. All of the players got along with each other, and they made me feel like a part of the team from the minute I got up there. Plus, they are headed in the right direction."
Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 23 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com, Lucas was named all-state, all-region and all-area after his senior season.
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Scouting Report: "After a standout senior season, linebacker Sterling Lucas proved he can play right alongside some of North and South Carolina's best at the Shrine Bowl. That helped him earn numerous scholarship offers and for good reason. Lucas, at 6-2, 220 pounds, has a college-ready frame now and he made good use of that this past season. On film, what really stands out is Lucas' ability to shed blockers, avoid interference and make plays consistently. Lucas appears to have solid instincts and reaction time to get to the ball-carrier quickly.
"Lucas has great lower body strength and this helps him excel as a tackler. He does a good job of wrapping up and driving through the ball-carrier. Lucas does not have blazing speed and quickness will likely be something he'll work on as he transitions to division one football. However, he is a fundamentally sound football player that goes 100% and that should mesh well with Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien's plan for NC State football." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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