A Memorable Day

Jeff Luc's birthday is today, but he got all the presents he needed at school on Friday.

The 6-foot-1, 240-pound middle linebacker from Treasure Coast High in Fort Pierce, Fla., had a huge day, picking up scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Georgia and Florida State.

"Man it's crazy," Jeff Luc stated. He is up to around 10 scholarship offers with Florida and Miami included. "Not too long ago, nobody was talking about me. I knew I was going to go to a D-1 school, but I thought I was going to go to a lower D-1 school. Once I got my film out on the internet, I started getting offers.

"It's like it happened over night. When top-five programs like that offer you, it's like an early birthday present. My birthday is (Saturday) and I don't need anything for it.

"Maybe an advisor or something to help me a pick a school."

One of the hardest hitters in the Sunshine State, Luc racked up 125 tackles this past season. He had 22 stops go for a loss including nine sacks. Luc added two interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and four blocked field goals.

The Irish coaching staff had been in contact with Luc's coach for a few weeks now, and on Friday, he found himself on the phone with Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis.

"He said he liked my instincts and he liked my size, and he liked the fact that I'm a sure tackler. Pretty much my whole all-around game.

"To be honest with you, I don't know where Notre Dame is located, but I wouldn't have a problem playing for them. Notre Dame is a program with big tradition, and look at the way they've recruited, who wouldn't want to play for them."

Things are happening so fast for Luc. He's gone from thinking he'd eventually play at a lower-tier D-1 school, to knowing he'll play for a major program. He also went from thinking he was destined to suit up in the state of Florida, to thinking he might play at Georgia or Notre Dame.

"A week ago, I was a big stay in-state guy," Luc said. "Now that I'm getting these great offers from out-of-state schools, the least I can do is take a visit and see if I like it.

"I wouldn't mind going out of state," Luc continued. "I like to see new things. My biggest concern is academics first and foremost. My next concern is playing time. I'm going to look at the roster. I'm going to breakdown their scheme. How would I fit into their scheme? I could pretty much adjust to anything, but what I really want, I've started all four years in high school, but I wouldn't mind not starting my freshman year, if someone is better than me."

Luc, who has a 3.7 GPA, has an older brother that is a student at Florida State. So far, the only visit he has taken is to Florida for a junior day. He hopes to see as many places as possible this summer, so he can come to a decision.

"Me and my coach are trying to figure something out to see if I can graduate early, what classed I'd have to take and stuff like that," Luc explained.

While Luc isn't sure about all those details, he definitely knows his birthday is going to have a tough time topping what happened to him on Friday.


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