Will RU Commit Lucas Play Tackle or Guard?

Marquis Lucas

Miami Central High's Marquis Lucas, a Rutgers commit, can play either guard or tackle in college. When he was on his official visit, he had a chance to speak with the coaching staff about his future position at Rutgers. He also talked about whether he is getting recruiting by other schools, and when he will still be arriving in January.

Miami Central High offensive tackle Marquis Lucas is done with finals, is readying for the holidays, and thinking about a college life that will begin in less than a month.

Lucas, a Rutgers commit enrolling in January, is also thinking about where he will fit into the Scarlet Knights' offensive line. He played right and left tackle for Class 6A state champ Miami Central, but could find a home at guard in college.

During an official visit earlier this month, his future position was a focal point of discussions with the coaching staff.

"They were talking about both (guard and tackle)," the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Lucas said. "I guess when I get there they're going to feel me out and let me know what I'm better at."

One thing is certain, though. No matter where Lucas plays, he isn't enrolling early so he can remain in the shadows during the 2011 season. He is schedule to arrive at Rutgers on Jan. 16.

"I've got to be a factor," he said. "I don't see myself getting red-shirted. It may happen, but right now I don't plan on it."

Lucas' official visit was the second time he made it to the Rutgers campus. He camped there in June, which is when he received his offer, and committed a few days later.

However, this time he got to see much more of the environment.

"I learned it's a nice city, great place, nice coaches, nice players," Lucas said. "It was a pretty cool time. It was different, especially with the weather. I got to see the city and got to see the campus."

Lucas' visit was short because Miami Central played its semifinal game Dec. 10, and he flew to Rutgers the next morning.

After returning home, Lucas was back on the practice field preparing for a matchup with Dr. Phillips High (Orlando) in the state title game. After falling behind 17-0 in the first quarter, Miami Central rallied for a 42-27 win.

"We knew it wasn't going to last long because when we were out playing with them, we just knew how much better we were," Lucas said. "But we did have to come together as a team and pull off the victory."

Playing for the state champs and a team ranked in the top 10 in the nation brings plenty of attention, and Lucas is getting it. Despite being committed for nearly six months, he said schools are not letting up.

"There's a lot of schools trying to move in," Lucas said. "We're set (with Rutgers). We're good."

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