Posted: 8:31 pm Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Treasure Coast LB Jeff Luc is area’s third All-American 

By Jason Lieser

As his recruiting prospects surge, Treasure Coast linebacker Jeff Luc bolstered his status even more by earning invitations to both major All-American bowls.

Luc (6-1, 235) has not decided whether he will play in the U.S. Army game in San Antonio or Under Armour’s event in Orlando. Playing in Orlando appeals because more of his family would be able to attend.

“I’ll decide whenever they give me a deadline,” Luc said. “It’s a blessing to be invited and it’s an opportunity not everyone gets.”

Luc joins two other area juniors who already have accepted offers to play in one of the two games. Dwyer linebacker Matt Elam will play in the U.S. Army game, while Royal Palm Beach’s Chris Dunkley will head to Orlando next January. All three players were picked in the early selection process.

Luc has emerged as one of the area’s most heavily recruited players for the Class of 2010. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds, bench presses 325 pounds and squats 700. He has at least 16 scholarship offers with more likely on the way.

He has been offered by the big three in state, Southern Cal, Georgia, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Michigan, North Carolina and many others. He has drawn interest from Alabama, Ohio State, LSU and Auburn.

“The phone’s been ringing and it hasn’t stopped,” Treasure Coast coach Bill Kelley said. “He’s got some real God-given talent. He’s got closing speed and he brings ridiculous hits.”

Luc said the Florida Gators are his favorite right now, but said he is open to every school with interest in him and does not plan to commit any earlier than this fall.