Eugene is up next for Lucier-South

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran outside linebacker/defensive end Keisean Lucier-South has two visits in the books with Oregon due up next in November. Where do the Ducks stand with the five-star prospect?

There will be no shortage of interest to see where five-star outside linebacker/defensive end Keisean Lucier-South lands when he announces his college decision. None of his top six schools are taking the chance of falling behind either as the recruiting process heats up this fall.

“I love the process right now,” he said. “I talk to all the coaches like Oregon, Michigan, UCLA, USC, Oklahoma. I always talk to them.”

As the 6-foot-4, 211-pound Lucier-South noted in his interview with’s Greg Biggins on Monday evening, he was highly impressed with Michigan following an official visit there last week. Along with Oklahoma, those two schools have made up his only official visits thus far and he believes that both programs have their advantages, including the shot to play early if he can earn it.

“There’s so much tradition there,” he said. “It’s just huge to go to those schools. The academics are great. The football teams are great. Oklahoma and Michigan are both (located in) college towns and in that area, all the people care about the football team. That’s the main thing over there.”

Lucier-South’s next trip is to Oregon, where he’ll watch the Ducks battle Stanford on Nov. 1. While there, he wants to know what the Ducks have planned for his future if he ends up in green and yellow.

“Are they going to play me early,” he asked. “Do they want me to redshirt or anything? And I want to look at the academics too because that’s the most important thing.”

Lucier-South was complimentary of the Oregon coaching staff and how they’ve handled his recruitment. His primary contact with the staff is outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander.

“Oregon is doing a great job with my recruiting,” he said. “They always talk to me. I love their coaching staff there. They have that swagger. I feel what they’re trying to do over there. They want me to play outside linebacker like Dion Jordan and their defense is great. They really want me to be the next great pass rusher there.”

Following the visit to Eugene, Lucier-South has nothing planned but knows that USC, UCLA and Florida will be up for his last two official visit spots before he makes a final decision.

On the gridiron this season, Lucier-South has produced some healthy numbers for Orange Lutheran despite teams avoiding his side of the field, which he sees as a sign of respect. He attributes his success to his focus on getting stronger and faster through multiple lifting sessions each day and improving his cardio.

“I’m improving my strength,” he said. “But I’m still trying to improve it for college. I’m really quick this year. I’m getting faster and faster each game. I think I’m doing pretty well this season. Right now, I think I have like six sacks and probably over 20-plus tackles for loss.”

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