OL Lucas Discusses Rutgers Commitment

Rutgers added the 10th member of its recruiting class when Miami Central High offensive lineman Marquis Lucas committed to the Scarlet Knights. He is the first offensive lineman to join the class, and he made the decision after talking with his family. Lucas spoke with ScarletReport.com about his decision, which position he will play at Rutgers, and why it is the right school for him.

Miami Central offensive lineman Marquis Lucas made an early-morning commitment to Rutgers, texting his decision to ScarletReport.com.

"I am now a Scarlet Knight," Lucas said in a text are Friday.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Lucas is the 10th member of the 2011 recruiting class, and is the first offensive lineman to commit.

After sleeping with the knowledge he is part of Rutgers' recruiting class, Lucas said he woke up excited and anxious to play for the Scarlet Knights.

Lucas was recruited to play tackle, but it is not determined whether or not he will play on the left or right side.

Throughout most of his career, Lucas played right tackle. But he is making the transition to left tackle this season.

"I think I'm better at the left than at the right," Lucas said. "I was alays more comfortable in my left-hand stance. My right, was different. My left-hand was just natural.

"I'm really comfortable outside. I never really played guard, but I can play it. I never started at it, but if they told me I had to go in I could do it."

His commitment comes as little surprise. Even before he received an offer Monday after camping at Rutgers, he said the Scarlet Knights were his leader and he was close to committing.

But what tipped it fully in Rutgers direction was Lucas' trip to camp early in the week, when he got to meet the coaching staff, see the facilities and get instruction from offensive line coach Kyle Flood.

"That had a tremendous influence," Lucas said. "That was a great influence because that is the guy I'm going to have to be with every day. That was going to be the guy who was coaching me, as my position coach. He's going to be the guy that puts me on the field.

"I have to have a good relationship with him, and I love what he believes in. He's amazing. I like him a lot."

The final piece of Lucas' commitment was solidified after a conversation he had with his parents late Thursday night.

"They told me if they were comfortable if I was comfortable," Lucas said. "They always like how I always talk with coach (P.J.) Fleck. My mom feels like we can really trust him. Same with my father."

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