Deacons Offer SC LB

With signing day less than three weeks away, Wake Forest's football recruiting class of 2008 is beginning to take shape. Although the Demon Deacons have 15 commitments, a couple of scholarships remain to be filled. Thursday, the Deacon coaches offered another prospect the opportunity to fill one of those scholarships.

In mid-December, Orangeburg (SC) Wilkinson linebacker Sterling Lucas showed college coaches the potential to be a top-notch D-I player at the next level. With his play at the Shrine Bowl, Lucas has added offers and has been climbing the recruiting charts over the past few months. Lucas had an impressive Shrine Bowl and wound up as the defensive MVP fro the Shrine Bowl.

Since then, his recruitment has picked up dramatically as Lucas has earned offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Michigan State, Maryland, and Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons are the latest to offer as they offered Lucas Thursday morning.

"They called my coach and told me they were going to offer," Lucas said Thursday evening. "They just came into the picture really with that."

Lucas, who amassed 161 tackles during his senior season, says that Wake Forest has a shot at his services although the Demon Deacons certainly have ground to make up. "There's a chance I will get up there for a visit," said Lucas, who is being recruited to Wake Forest by Demon Deacon defensive ends coach Keith Henry. "I might if I have time."

At this point, Lucas is not overly familiar with Wake Forest. "What I know is that it's a very good school academics–wise. They have a pretty good football team, a good coaching staff, and that's about all I know about Wake Forest right now."

The South Carolina linebacker prospect has already visited N.C. State and visits North Carolina this weekend. He also plans to head to Maryland and perhaps Wake Forest in the coming weeks.

Lucas noted that he will do some additional research on Wake Forest as well as other schools on his list and will look into making a visit before signing day. With three weeks left before signing day, Lucas is enjoying the recruiting process and glad to have the opportunities to play football and get a free education at top D-I schools. "It's a good feeling," he said. "I feel really blessed and I thank God for that. I'm going to try to take all of my visits and after that I'm going to see where I feel most comfortable and decide."

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