Is USC next for Lucas?
Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe running back Paul Lucas (5-11, 175), has been a bit busy this spring, which has coincided with the evaluation period. Lucas has had a number of schools reach out to him and visit the school, but the three-star has been focusing on track. Where he just happens to be on track to potentially win four individual state titles this spring. "I run the 100m, 200m, 400m and do the long jump and I have a chance to win all four," said Lucas. "There was a guy a few years ago who on the 200m, 400m and 800m, so I'm trying to beat that." Lucas has the top 200m (20.84) and 400m (46.86) times in the country this year and state bests in the 100m and long jump. "I've run a 10.44 as my fastest in the 100m (just outside top ten nationally), but I think I can do a 10.3 at state," said Lucas. Once track winds down with the state meet next weekend, Lucas will be back working out with the Pride football team, which won a state championship last fall. And Lucas, who has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State, San Diego State, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah and Washington, figures to attract quite an audience. "I think USC is real close to offering and they wanted to see my semester grades and come see me in spring ball," said Lucas. "And I've talked to Coach (Gary) Campbell at Oregon and gotten some letters from them." Lucas is eager to work with his football team. "I haven't gotten a chance to work with them because of track," said Lucas. "We have state next Saturday and then after that, we have spring ball so it will be good to get back out there." Lucas is being recruited as both a running back and a slot receiver. "Some schools like me as a running back and some as a slot receiver," said Lucas. "I'm good with either spot. I just want to be able to use my speed." The homestate schools are on Lucas pretty hard. "Arizona State is on my really hard, and it's the hometown school," said Lucas. "Arizona is too, I talk a lot with Trevor Wood from Chaparral who's going there." Oregon State was the first to offer Lucas and his longtime family friend, Markus Wheaton, had an all-American career for the Beavers. "Oregon State will definitely be one of my five official visits," said Lucas. "I talk to Coach (Brent) Brennan and I talk to Markus about Oregon State." So far this spring, Colorado, San Jose State and Washington have been by the campus to see Lucas work with track. Track is in his plans for college, but it's not the central focus. "Where I go for football, it doesn't have a real effect on track because track is more of an individual sport," said Lucas. "I want to try to do both in college and that's big thing for me. A lot of schools are going to let me do both." Lucas said he doesn't want to drag his recruitment into the season. "I'd like to make it before next football season," said Lucas. "I just want to get to know some coaches more." Lucas said he's hoping to hit the Oakland NFTC later this month. Get in the discussion with other USC fans in the Fight On! SC Insiders Forum
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