Marcus Lucas, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound four-star wide receiver from Liberty, Mo., grew up imagining himself going to Missouri and still says the Tigers are his top choice.
“I grew up on Mizzou,” Lucas said. “My mom played basketball there and I’ve always pictured myself in the Black and Gold. I also love their spread offense. It’s been working for them.”
But Lucas admits when he was younger he thought he’d be playing basketball in college. “But now I’m not really being recruited for basketball,” he said.
So how big of a factor will Lucas’ childhood affinity for the Tigers be? “It’s definitely in the back of my mind,” he said. “It’s something I think about but it isn’t going to be the reason I choose them.”
He says the same thing applies to distance. “Mizzou is only about two hours away and that’s pretty close,” he said. “But I don’t care either way. I don’t have a problem going away.”
That’s good news for Stanford, which has also offered Lucas and is another one of his favorites. “That’s a great academic school,” he said of the Cardinal. “It’s all about academics with them.
“Everything I’ve heard about them is great,” he said. “If I graduated from there I’d be set after college. I’m definitely going to try and visit them this summer.”
Although Lucas says he has around 20 scholarship offers, he says his solid top three are Missouri, Oklahoma and Stanford, with the Tigers leading slightly. All of them have offered and he attended junior days at Missouri and Oklahoma.
“Oklahoma was really nice,” Lucas said. “The staff is great and they have amazing facilities. They also have really good tradition and they are always on top. They kind of have it all.”
The coaches are another thing that stood out about Oklahoma. “I love how energetic and enthusiastic they are,” he said. “Every year their goal is to win the national championship.”
The only other school that Lucas has already visited is Kansas State. “I’ve been to a few of their camps already,” he said. “It’s cool that Coach Bill Snyder is back. He’s the one who brought the program up and hopefully he’ll be able to do it again.”
Next month Lucas will be visiting Nebraska for their spring game (April 18). “I’ve heard nothing but good things about Nebraska,” he said. “The facilities are supposed to be great and I’ve heard the spring game is always huge and a lot of fun.
“I’ve talked to a lot of people about Nebraska and I know a couple girls who play soccer there and they love it,” he said.
Later this summer Lucas also plans on attending the Oklahoma camp.
Lucas says he also has offers from Arizona, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas and Arkansas, among others.
“I’m not sure if I’m going to wait or commit early,” he said. “I haven’t thought about it.”
While Lucas hasn’t thought about when he’d like to commit, he has thought about what he'd like to commit to. “I want an offense that fits me,” he said. “I want to make sure I get a good education because I plan on being a student athlete, not just a football player.
“I also don’t want to go and sit on the bench,” he said. “I definitely want to get in and play early.”
Lucas finished his junior season with around 60 receptions for 1,200 yards and 18 touchdowns.
“I can catch in traffic and get jump balls because of my height,” he said. “I’m also good at getting away from defenders. I’m very physical and don’t let anyone stop me.”
Lucas benches 215-pounds and squats 345 and admits he’d like to improve his strength. “I really want to work on my upper body,” he said. “I’m also trying to improve my first step and being more explosive off the ball.”
He runs a 4.5 forty and claims a 37-inch vertical jump.
Lucas says he plans on majoring in either sports medicine or marketing and reports a 3.7 core GPA and a 25 ACT.