Jeff Luc (pronounced 'Luke') registered 125 tackles, 8 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions as a junior for the 7-3 Titans. He described himself as a player, "I'm the type of linebacker that plays like they have something to prove. I have been doing this since freshmen year. Playing for a new school in a smaller area of the state, I feel a little under recognized. Every game, every play, I play my hardest and try to show the world what I can do on the football field."
Luc has created a recent buzz with his "Youtube" highlights which feature bone-jarring hits. Luc is originally from South Florida and has that "Dade County swagger' about him, "I don't hit people intending to hurt them, but I want them to know that I am there, and next time they better try to run away from me."
Luc was up in Gainesville for UF's junior day and came away very impressed with UF, "I got up there and met Urban Meyer. I was surprised, he is real down to earth, a people person, I felt comfortable there. I made a real strong bond with Charlie Strong as well. They took us around, we saw the facilities, they talked about the strong academics, and they were focused on the future, on winning another National Championship."
Academics are going to play a big role in his college decision, that was #1 on his list of things that are important to him. He talked a little about what schools will ultimately interest him, "I have never been out of the state, so I am very interested in seeing other parts of the country. I don't really know anything about some places, I look forward to learning some more about them." Another factor in his recruitment is that he is originally from Dade and his brothers were good friends with Bryan Pata, "that is going to have a lot to do with my choice."
Luc is sporting an early offer from the Fighting Irish as well has offers from USF and FAU amongst others. He should be picking up offers from all over the country over the coming months. Seven schools stick out for Luc and he talked a little about them:
MIAMI: "I grew up a Miami fan, I am from Miami, it has always been on my mind to play there"
FLORIDA: "I was just amazed at what I saw last weekend. Very interested in what UF brings to the table. They play young players.
FSU: "My brother went there, I have rooted for them for a long time."
NOTRE DAME: "Tradition and Academics."
USC: "All the great defensive players they have turned out."
LSU: "I love the way they compete and are always in the mix."
Texas: "They have a lot of talent, solid academics, always seem to be a top team."
Another thing that Luc is happy about is his current coaching staff at Treasure Coast, "We are a new school, if we would have had this coaching staff from the beginning we would be playoff bound, we have an awesome staff." At 7-3, the Titans barely missed the playoffs in 2008, but Luc thinks that will change in 2009, "We lost a couple of key guys, but the majority of starters were sophomores and juniors, we should be in the playoffs next year and we hope to make a run."
Early playing time is important to a lot of recruits and Luc talked about that, "Of course I want to play early, who doesn't? But I also realize that the schools I am looking at have excellent players, I just want the chance to be able to play. If not, I hope to learn from the experienced players."
Here are junior clips of the explosive athlete:
The Sunshine State always has a host of quality linebacker's and 2010 looks to be a very deep year. Luc brings a little something different to the table and that is he is already college size. Couple that size with outstanding closing speed, instincts, a tough, hard nosed defensive attitude, and Luc is the total package. His best days are clearly in front of him.