Scouting 5-Star Keisean Lucier-South

There's quite a bit to like about the nation's #4-ranked defensive end prospect from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran...

At 6'4.5 and 218 pounds, Keisean Lucier-South fits the mold of a hybrid defensive end / outside linebacker depending on the scheme he's playing in. He has the athleticism to stay on the field no matter the down, distance or situation because of his ability to rush the passer as an end or play in space as a college outside linebacker.

Lucier-South has a long wing-span on his lean frame, and he changes directions remarkably well for a player of his height. He's flexible enough to get low and play with some leverage despite the fact that he's at a weight disadvantage to the majority of offensive tackles he faces.

A key to his game and his versatility is his ability to play against the read option. Orange Lutheran runs an option based running attack offense, and it's no surprise with the reps he gets for the Lancers, that he's adept at making the correct read, but what makes him a special prospect is his ability to play both the ball carrier and the pitch man.

Lucier-South has the discipline to keep contain on the quarterback, and the quickness to get to the ball carrier once the quarterback makes the pitch. A common question is why don't NFL offenses run more option because it can be so successful in college? Lucier-South is the answer. NFL defenses are chock full of guys who can shut down the outside option game.

Lucier-South has a terrific frame, quickness, and burst off the line of scrimmage, and it's obvious where he'll need to keep improving to reach his goals on the next level. Weight and strength should come naturally with time. If he's playing with the same quickness and can develop the strength to combat offensive linemen in the trenches at 250 pounds plus, he will live up to the 5-Stars next to his name.

Who: Keisean Lucier-South
Where: Lutheran, Orange, Calif.
Rating: 5-Stars, Defensinve End / Outside Linebacker
Recruiting: USC, UCLA, Notre Dame, Alabama, Texas among others
NFL Comparison: Jason Taylor

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