2016: Lukasa Off to Fast Start

National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jul 10, 2013

Traverse City (Mich.) West has put out some great offensive linemen over the last few years, and they have more where that came from, including Thiyo Lukasa, a massive kid just coming out of his freshman year, but already catching the attention of major programs.

After producing several collegiate offensive linemen, Jake Fisher, Jordan Strope, Connor Hayes to name a few, Traverse City West has become noted for big prospects in the trenches.

With Hayes returning this year, the Titans also have two sophomores-to-be who are already receiving recruiting attention in Tommy Roush and Thiyo Lukasa.

Lukasa is already 6'5, 300-pounds and received valuable experience last season.

"Last year, I played a little J.V., then I played varsity. The experience was good. I started off practicing on varsity, Coach Wooer knew I was good, but he didn't know how good I was or if I could handle it. It was intense, but after I got up there, playing at Thirlby Field in front of all those people was crazy. I had to stay focused, it was not an easy experience, but it was a fun experience."

Playing up allowed him to also prepared for this summer's camps, where Lukasa was regularly pitted against the best rising juniors and seniors during stops at Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State and Michigan.

"Michigan State, they thought I performed really well. There are some things I need to work on, but they like my size and feet and my coachability, they really liked that. They thought I should be a Spartan. They're having me down for an unofficial end of July, just me and them. They'll take me around the school and we'll go have dinner."

Both Lukasa and Roush went to Evanston together and he received good feedback from Northwestern on what he needs to improve on.

"Northwestern went okay. It was not as good as MSU, because it was the day after and I was sore. The feedback was good. They like my size, but my weight, I was too heavy. They don't have any linemen as heavy as I am, so I need to lose a little weight for them, but they said I move well for someone my size."

Next he went over to Penn State, where he had one of his best performances of the summer.

"Penn State went well. It was nice. They liked me a lot. I did really well there. They said I was the best lineman they saw at camp out of all the ages."

Finally, the Michigan Wolverines were impressed enough to invite Lukasa back to Ann Arbor later this month.

"That day went well. That was my favorite day. I did well at camp. I got better every drill and at the end of camp, they had me stick around for awhile, showed me everything, the facilities, talked to Coach Hoke and all the coaches there for probably an hour after the end of camp. I have a recruiting thing there on the 27th."

With that, Lukasa is well on his way to becoming the next heavily recruited offensive lineman from West.

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