Fla. OL Camping at RU; Close to Offer?

Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck made a big impression in Florida with a lot of recruits, and one is offensive lineman Marquis Lucas from Miami Central. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Lucas plans to visit Rutgers later this month, and believes an offer is coming very soon. He holds offers from a pair of Big Ten teams and said Rutgers is "one of my top schools."

Miami Central High offensive lineman Marquis Lucas doesn't have a Rutgers offer yet, but that could change soon.

And that is fine with the 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman, who likely will play guard in college.

"I like them a lot,'' Lucas said. "They're one of my top schools. I like how they came at me, and I always knew Rutgers was a big-time program because one of my coaches had (former Rutgers receivers) Tim Brown, and he went there, so coach was telling me that was a good place to go.''

Lucas holds offers from Illinois, Minnesota and Florida International and he is also getting strong interest from the Scarlet Knights, Florida State and Kansas State.

However, as of now there are only two schools' camps Lucas knows he will attend.

"I will be attending the Rutgers camp,'' Lucas said. "I like how they're coming at me, and that's one of the few camps I really want to go to. If they like me how they say they do, why not go up there and get taste of what it's like, and get a feel for it?''

The other camp Lucas plans to attend is at Florida State, but right now he is feeling a strong pull toward Rutgers because of receivers coach P.J. Fleck, who is recruiting him.

"He's real,'' Lucas said. "He's one of the few recruiters that I talk to that I feel real comfortable talking to him.''

When Lucas arrives to the Rutgers campus later this month, he wants to see one thing.

"The one thing is the offer. That's what I'm waiting on,'' he said. "I feel I can (get the offer) because (Fleck), he was at one of the practices where I felt I wasn't at my best. When I talked to him that night on the phone, I was (bummed) because I didn't do well, but he felt like I was a great player.

"I know I'm better than the day he saw. So I figure if I go up there and show him how I am going 100 (percent), I'll earn an offer.''

Oh, and although Lucas said Brown's success at Rutgers helps, he did make sure to say Brown's former school, Miami Northwestern, is also the game he looks the most forward to playing.

"Is that a big rival?" Lucas said. "That's a game where you better get ready. You're not going to get any type of calls or nothing. It's going to be live and packed. It's Florida State and the U (Miami). We're not too far from each other. That's our friends. We grew up together. I'd rather hit my friend harder than anyone else.''

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