Big Orange makes cut for 5-star DE

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Turning over leaves from coast to coast, the Tennessee staff is feverishly looking for prospects to fill the role of the LEO position along the defensive front.

A Golden State product that appears to be built perfectly for that role is Keisean Lucier-South.

The Lutheran High School defensive end cut several schools from his lengthy list of offers to get down to a top 17. Tennessee is one of the programs from across the country that is still in it for the Scout five-star's services.

"I like Tennessee because the coaching staff is great, and I have a great relationship," Lucier-South told InsideTennessee. "Also, I think Tennessee can build something big."

Joining the Orange & White in that top 17 from the Southeastern Conference are Alabama, Florida, LSU and Texas A&M.

The 6-foot-5, 218-pounder is rated the No. 4-rated defensive end in the country in the Class of 2015. His reported 40-yard dash time is 4.95 seconds.

Lucier-South says he doesn't know when or if he will be able to take an official or unofficial visit to Knoxville, which is roughly 2,180 miles from Orange, Calif.

Scout national analyst Greg Biggins on the edge rusher: "He has a great first step and the speed to beat a tackle before he can even get out of his stance, Has great closing speed as well and is learning how to play in space in case he's used as and outside linebacker in a 3-4."


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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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