One of the state's most underrated prospects, 2013 LB/DE Stedman Lucas of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, sat down with SCPrepNation.com early this week to talk about his senior season and recruitment. With his team headed to the playoffs Lucas is ready to step things up for his team and is looking to open some more eyes on the recruiting trail.
"My senior season has been okay but it could always have been better. We are sitting at 6-4 right now but made the playoffs this year, so that's a big plus."
Asked if he's happy with his performance so far this year Lucas shared his thoughts.
"I feel like I played okay but I feel there is always room for improvement. I know I haven't reached my full potential so I work hard on every aspect of my game and try to become a better player each and every day."
With a couple of other playmakers with college level talent on the Bruins' defense his numbers are strong in our opinion.
"I've got 66 tackles, 1 interception, 3 sacks, 9 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles, and 12 tackles for loss this year so far."
"I took a unofficial on October 20th to the University Of Florida when they played South Carolina down in Gainesville. It was great. I love the atmosphere and the fans up there. They treat you real good and I really like the coaches. It's just a great program overall."
Lucas says he doesn't have any offers yet but he feels he could be on the verge of some once his senior season film is released soon. We asked the Bruins playmaker what he feels he's improved the most since the end of his junior season and he had a lot to share with us.
"I'm about 235 pounds right now, so I have gotten much bigger and I've gotten stronger. I just feel way more explosive than I did last year. I am a student of the game, so I study film much more as well. I also feel that I have just become a better overall leader, on and off the field."
There's definitely a hunger about Lucas when we spoke to him and he shared with us some of what fuels that desire to take his game and team to another level.
"This is the first time my school (Orangeburg-Wilkinson) has made the playoffs since 2006, so for our team to go my senior year is very big to me. I'm just real focused and ready to play. My mind is set on winning a state championship. I just want to dominate and be that leader for my team."