Defensive back Jordan Lucas (New Rochelle, N.Y./Worcester Academy) landed a scholarship offer -- his first -- from the University of Massachusetts late last week, and said the offer came as a surprise, even though UMass is less than a one-hour drive from Worcester Academy.
“I know they've been to our school to talk to a few of our guys,” Lucas said. “I was surprised because all the coaches seemed to know a lot about me. I get along pretty good with [UMass assistant coach] Joe Tricario, who used to be at Stony Brook. He and I have a good relationship.
“I know that UMass does have what I want to major in [physical therapy] and I was at the game when they played Holy Cross earlier this year. They said they don't care when I come for a visit, as long as I do.”
UMass is scheduled to leave the FCS ranks and join the Mid-American Conference next season.
Although Lucas is used as a running back and receiver at Worcester Academy, he said he expects to play defensive back in college.
“A lot of schools want me to play special teams too, so I may be used as a kick returner,” he said.
Lucas is one of at least five Division I recruits on the Worcester Academy roster. That group includes linebacker Steven Daniels (Boston College) and wide receiver Canaan Severin (Virginia). Lucas scored two touchdowns Saturday to help Worcester Academy improve its record to 3-0 with a 27-21 victory over Poly Prep (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Lucas said Rutgers, Villanova and Virginia are the other schools showing the most interest at this point. He needed a year of prep school to improve academically.
“Rutgers is coming on really strong right now,” Lucas said. “I spoke to the Villanova coaches last week and they said they're getting ready to offer me. They just put my grades through admissions. Those two and Virginia are the ones showing me the most love.
“Hopefully [the UMass offer] will lead to more offers.”
Lucas said he'd prefer not to redshirt his first season in college.
“I would like to play where I won't be redshirted,” he said. “I'll have to look and see how far down I'd be on the depth chart. I know I'll have to earn it, but I'd like to get some early playing time.
“A school that has my major and where I won't have to wait too long to get playing time will probably be the best fit for me.”