Lucas Says No Decision Made; RU Remains High

Miami Central High offensive lineman Marquis Lucas told he has not yet committed to Rutgers, although he continues to hold the Scarlet Knights as his leader and says he is close to making a decision. However, before Lucas can follow through with a commitment, a few issues need to be addressed. Lucas talks about those things, and how his decision could be impacted.

Miami Central High offensive lineman Marquis Lucas returned home from his trip to Rutgers to find an Auburn offer waiting for him, but the Scarlet Knights remained on his mind.

Lucas, who received an offer during his trip to Rutgers, holds the Scarlet Knights as his leader and added he could commit after consulting with his family in the next few days.

However, late Wednesday morning he dismissed a report he had committed.

"No, I did not commit," Lucas said. "I don't know where that is coming from, but I did not commit."

But a commit could be coming.

"I want to commit," he said, "but I feel like I have to go over some more things with my people. Right now I really couldn't tell you when it would be. I don't know how to express it, but it feels like there's a lot of (self-induced) pressure right now."

Lucas plans on speaking with his family in the next few days about the trip and the possibility of committing to Rutgers, but there is a family health issue that could cloud the issue a little bit.

One of the things Lucas wants to be certain about is traveling to New Jersey for college given the health circumstances.

"I've talked to my mother about it but I haven't talked to my father about it," Lucas said. "They have a big impact on where I want to go to school. I'm pretty sure he will want to go up there and scope it out and see how it is, but right now Rutgers is my No. 1 school."

Lucas, who is 6-foot-3, 280 pounds, enjoyed everything about his visit, including the way he picked up his Rutgers offer.

"It was my, another tackle from Ed White High, Caleb (Johnson), and we were on the shuttle with (offensive line) coach (Kyle) Flood," Lucas said. "He asked me if Rutgers gave me an offer, and I said, ‘I don't know. Why don't you ask coach Flood?' ‘'

Indeed, Lucas had one, and after participating in the camp, he spoke with head coach Greg Schiano.

"I had a meeting with coach Schiano, who's an awesome coach, and he told me I had a scholarship," Lucas said. "He asked me what I wanted to do, and what was up with me going to Rutgers. Right now, they're my No. 1 school. I have to go over some other things with my family."

The Scarlet Knights are recruiting Lucas harder than any other school, and he expected to receive the offer before he arrived for his unofficial visit.

However, hearing he was receiving an offer still brought strong emotions.

"It made me feel great," Lucas said. "It made me feel wanted. The trip was awesome. They're coaching staff is just amazing. I would love playing with them.

"When I got up there, they just showed me so much love. I would love to play for coach Flood."

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