Rutgers Stays on 2018 Cardinal Hayes Receiver Lucas Nunez

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Bronx (N.Y.) Cardinal Hayes Lucas Nunez remains a priority recruit for Rutgers at receiver in the 2018 class.

With Shameen Jones signed and bound for Rutgers in June, the Scarlet Knights have their recruiting efforts set on Bronx (N.Y.) Cardinal Hayes teammates Lucas Nunez and Qadir White for the class of 2018.

While White did not make it Sunday to The Opening Regional, Nunez competed. Against the top defensive backs in the area, Nunez displayed his speed and quickness in a loaded receivers group.

“It was a great experience, a lot of competition from all over,” Nunez said. “It was very expected of, and I just had to do what I had to do. … I feel like I performed good, (but) I could have performed better.”

For Nunez, not much has changed during the spring evaluation period. The schools in contact with him are the ones that have offered, he said.

Nunez holds offers from Rutgers, Buffalo, Coastal Carolina and Albany. He said he plans to make regional summer visits to Rutgers, Buffalo and Albany after time constraints in the spring from track.

The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Nunez visited Rutgers most recently on junior day.

“It was a great experience,” he said. “Looking at the campus, meeting up with the coaches, seeing how it is, basically.”

He intends on a return to campus within the next couple of months to Rutgers, where he hears from the most. The staff remains in contact with him on a daily basis, he said.

“Basically, coaches just keep up with me every day,” Nunez said. “They just want to know how I’m doing with track, football and school. I just love that.”

After a junior season where he racked up 1,582 yards and 21 touchdowns on 58 catches, Nunez is hungry for more. He wants to sharpen his all-around game as a receiver and break the league record he set last fall.

“I want to see myself improve with my route running getting better,” Nunez said. “Hopefully, since last year I broke the (Catholic High School Football League) record. I want to break it again this year.”

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