Position: Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
Location: Orange Lutheran (Calif.)
Weight: 225 pounds
Recruiting: Lucier-South took official visits to Michigan, Oklahoma and Oregon and was originally planning to take all five and make an announcement on Signing Day. The athlete changed his mind about two weeks ago and told us he was ready to make a commitment. UCLA had been leading for Lucier-South since last spring and a quick decision definitely favored the Bruins. He decided to pull the trigger in the locker room prior to UCLA's game with USC last Saturday giving the Bruins their third 5-star commit of the year.
What to Like: Lucier-South is one of the premier pass rushers in the region and loves to get after the quarterback. He's very quick off the ball, has long arms and uses his hands well to keep opposing linemen off him and closes very well. He plays with a motor and can be relentless coming off the edge. He has been well coached and already has a variety of moves and counters and does a nice job disengaging when a lineman does get a hold of him. He's also stronger than his narrow frame would indicate and he doesn't get pushed around at the line of scrimmage in the pass rush or in running situations. He's a solid all around athlete, a good character guy off the field and someone who will work very hard once he gets to college.
Areas to improve: Right now, Lucier-South is slotted to play outside linebacker for UCLA and he'll need to work hard on his overall mobility, lateral quickness and ability to play in space. He didn't show a lot of fluidity when we watched him in a few 7v7 competitions, looking stiff at times in coverage and lacking some overall field awareness. As an outside pass rusher, he'll be very good but playing the run and dropping back in coverage is where he'll need to grow as a player. UCLA strength and conditioning program will be great for him and it will be very interesting to see how much weight he can put in college. If he can bulk up and gain say, 25 pounds, his best college position might be as a pure defensive end coming off the edge.
Overall Analysis: The Lucier-South commitment was big for UCLA in a number of ways. For starters, he's a national recruit who had his choice of just about any school in the country and his commitment gave UCLA a lot of nationwide buzz. The Bruins did a great job getting on him early and staying on him all year long when other schools started to get more involved. Give a lot of credit to Coach Ulbrich, who formed a great relationship with Lucier-South dating back to the summer prior to his junior year. He's a multi-positional player and where he ends up will be determined by how much weight he puts on but no matter where he plays, he should immediately upgrade the Bruins ability to get after the quarterback.