5-star Lucier-South feels the 'vibe'

Keisean Lucier-South is one of the West's top uncommitted prospects, and he has the Big Orange as one of his top 10 schools. Sign in to read more about the Scout five-star defender.

It’s not very often a member of the Southeastern Conference is able to pluck top high school talent away from California. However, Tennessee did just that on July 10 when it earned a commitment from Scout’s No. 1 overall prospect, five-star defensive tackle and Volunteers legacy Kahlil McKenzie.

Despite the difficulty, the Vols’ staff will try to strike twice on the west coast in its pursuit of Scout five-star Keisean Lucier-South.

Lucier-South, rated the No. 5 outside linebacker and No. 29 overall prospect for the 2015 class, contends the Vols are serious players in his recruitment.

“Yeah, they’re in the top group right now,” the 6-foot-4 1/2, 220-pounder said.

“Great coaches, I can feel the vibe over there and great support and all that stuff. … I’m really liking the program, and they really take care of the players. I really like (Tennessee coach) Butch Jones.”

The defensive stud for Orange (Calif.) Lutheran told InsideTennessee that a couple Vols coaches stand out so far in his recruitment. According to Lucier-South, he’s “mostly” in contact with Jones and defensive line coach Steve Stripling.

“(Stripling)'s a great coach. He started talking to me again, because he took a break, but he started talking to me again, and I’m really liking him,” the Californian said.

Lucier-South had high praise for Jones as well. Thus far, Tennessee’s second-year head man played an integral role in the elite prospect’s recruiting process.

“It’s a big honor,” Lucier-South said of Jones hands-on approach the Vols’ pursuit of him.

“He’s a great coach and he’s changed that program, too. All the stuff he’s done has changed the program. I’m really liking Butch Jones.”

BUTCH JONES

Though Tennessee is high on the blue-chip prospect, they’re by no means the only ones.

Lucier-South has made quite a name for himself, and the offers have rolled in as a result. Besides the Vols, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, UCLA and USC highlight the long list of suitors. In a recent interview with Scout, the five-star mentioned Michigan and UCLA as the two teams recruiting him the hardest.

Lucier-South proved his worth so far this summer. The rising senior, who’s projected by many to end up as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker, earned defensive line MVP honors at the NIKE Football Training Camp held in Los Angeles. As a result, he became one of the 162 top high school prospects invited to NIKE's all-star summer camp, The Opening, in Beaverton, Ore.

The Californian plans to make his college choice either at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 3 or the following month on National Signing Day.

InsideTennessee managing editor Danny Parker contributed to this report.


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