Breakdown: Keisean Lucier-South

Keisean Lucier-South, the No. 3 defensive end in the country, will unofficially visit UCLA this weekend. The Bruins are thought to be one of his early leaders...

Player Name: Keisean Lucier-South
Position: Defensive End
Position Rank: #3
Height/Weight: 6'4, 220
Year: 2015
School: Orange (Calif.) Lutheran
Recruiting: Arizona, Boise State, California, Colorado, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Washington.

Recruitment: UCLA offered Lucier-South in April of 2013, making it one of the first three schools to offer the prospect. He's visited campus unofficially a handful of times and was also on hand for UCLA's Elite Camp in June of this past year. He grew up a Michigan fan, and recently earned an offer from the Wolverines, but says that his early fandom shouldn't play too much of a role in his ultimate decision. UCLA has been recruiting him primarily to play that hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker role inhabited by Anthony Barr for the last two years--and Lucier-South has been very receptive. It'd be hard not to be, as UCLA has helped to turn Anthony Barr into a top pick in the NFL Draft in just two years. Lucier-South hasn't come out with official leaders, but at this point, UCLA is reportedly in good position for the five-star, and some consider UCLA the leader. Texas is also reportedly pushing hard for him at the moment, with USC also in the conversation. His plan, as of now, is to announce his decision on Signing Day.

How Would He Fit: Remember that Barr guy? Lucier-South is the closest thing to him in the 2015 class. He's somewhere between 6'4 and 6'5 with a good frame for adding more weight. He has good closing speed for his size and plays hard. Like Barr, he shows a good ability to dip around the offensive tackle's shoulder and turn tightly into the quarterback. His level of flexibility, agility, and overall speed is very good for a guy his size, which is why outside linebacker--rather than straight defensive end in a 4-3, say--might be his best position going forward. UCLA has done a great job of recruiting the inside linebacker types--those who can pursue sideline to sideline while being stout against the run--but has struggled a bit more recruiting the elite pass rush types who have the length and athleticism to beat tackles on passing downs and hold the edge against running plays. Lucier-South would be an immediate answer to UCLA's deficiencies in those departments.

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