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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Local DE standout Lucier-South bags offer

By Blair Angulo

Want further proof that recruiting is a never-ending game for college coaches?

With only a few hours left until USC’s season-opening kickoff against Hawaii in Honolulu on Thursday, assistant coach Ed Orgeron made a call to 2015 defensive end Keisean Lucier-South (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran).

“My coach brought me to into his office to speak with Coach Orgeron, who told me USC was offering me a scholarship,” Lucier-South said. “I was really surprised. I asked him [about tonight's game], but he said he wanted to offer me now and didn’t want to wait until the weekend.”

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Lucier-South also holds offers from the likes of Arizona, Boise State, Cal, Miami (Fla.), Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, TCU, Texas, UCLA and Washington. He is rated No. 11 among defensive ends in his class and is No. 11 overall in California.

“This is pretty huge, but it’s not going to put USC at the top yet,” Lucier-South said. “Everyone is even and I’m not worried about narrowing my list right now. But this is a pretty huge offer because I watched USC since I was little. I never imagined myself getting an offer from USC, though.

“The academics are great there. If you go to USC, you’re set for life. That’s pretty huge. And the football side is pretty good, too.”

Lucier-South said he has some experience visiting the campus, dating back to his Pop Warner days when his team took in some practices and met with players.

“I haven’t seen the new facility yet, though, so I definitely want to see that this year,” Lucier-South said. “With USC and UCLA, I’ll try to make it to their games this year. I’ve never been to a college football game in my life, so I’m looking forward to that. I might go to a Cal game as well.”