“I was at school taking a final and my coach told me that Texas was going to come by,” Lucier-South said. “They told me that coach Mack Brown wanted to talk to me. I spoke to him and he said he wanted to offer me a scholarship. I was surprised that he offered me a scholarship. That was a big honor.”
The Longhorns join Boise State, Colorado, Miami, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington as schools that have entered the Lucier-South sweepstakes.
He is the third defensive end Texas has offered in 2015 along with James Lockhart (Ennis, Texas/Ennis) and D’Andre Walker (Fairburn, GA/Langston Hughes).
“[Brown] wanted to offer me because he wants me to help them win another national championship,” he said. “They are one of the schools at the top of my lists.”
Though Lucier-South resides on the West Coast, he is very familiar with Texas’ program and could see himself playing for the Longhorns one day.
“I’ve known about Texas my whole life,” he said. “I know that they win a lot of national titles and have all the top players.”
The fact that the Longhorns traveled all the way to California to inquire about him made a big impression as well.
“To me it’s a big honor because I know Texas doesn’t go out of Texas to get players from California because they don’t have to,” he said. “It’s a big honor for me.”
Lucier-South said the Longhorns view him as an Alex Okafor-type of defensive end, which brings a smile to his face considering Okafor was just taken in the fourth round by the Arizona Cardinals.
“I’m a high-profile player that really loves the game of football,” he said. “I am a really good pass-rusher.”
A big key for Texas with any of these out-of-state recruits is to get them on campus at some point, and that’s something Lucier-South definitely sees happening. He’s hopeful it will take place this summer.
The Longhorns are, after all, one of his top schools right now.
“Texas is at the top of the list right now because it is a high-profile school,” he said. “They are up there with Oregon and UCLA.”