Posted: 12:04 am Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Treasure Coast linebacker Jeff Luc, one of the elite recruits in this area and considered a top-10 prospect nationally, is completely available and does not expect to make a college decision until the end of his senior season.
Two months ago Luc said the Gators were his top choice, but he backed off that statement this week.
“I’m still staying open,” Luc said. “They’re not leading. I want to see everybody else.
“Nothing really happened. I just want to be more open in the process. I’ve got a lot of time.”
Luc estimated he has around 50 offers right now, including basically every football powerhouse in the country. He is hopeful he can trim that list down to 20 options by summer, but even that sounds like an unmanageable number for a player who intends to graduate early and enroll in college in January.
He has made unofficial visits to Florida, Miami, Florida State and South Florida. Treasure Coast assistant coach Aaron Sheppard, who handles most of the Titans’ recruiting duties, said Luc is expected to visit schools in the states of Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Louisiana for unofficial visits this summer.
Luc enjoyed his visit to Gainesville for the Gators’ spring game, but feels it is too early to lock in on one program.
“UF’s a great place and the more he sees them, the more he likes them,” said Treasure Coast assistant coach Aaron Sheppard, who handles most of the Titans’ recruiting duties.
“But he’s considering all his options. He wants to take his visits. He wants to see USC and Southern Miss.”
Southern Miss? Believe it or not, Southern Miss could actually be a player in this. Travaris Robinson was a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky last year, and the Hilltoppers were the first to offer Luc. When Robinson was hired by Southern Miss in February, his new team had an in-road with Luc, Sheppard said.
It seems very unlikely that Southern Miss could land Luc, but it will be interesting to see how long the Golden Eagles hang around in this process.
Luc said his recruitment is in the back of his mind as Treasure Coast gets ready to start spring practices May 4. The Titans went 7-3 last year and could break through for their first playoff berth in 2009.
“This is the year we could do it,” Luc said. “It’s very important to me. Every year we get better and better, and we just need a few pieces. We’re maturing.
“Nothing would be possible without my coaches or my teammates.”
As a junior, Luc registered 112 TKL, including 21 for a loss — nine of those were sacks. He also forced five fumbles. Luc (6-1, 240) was second team all-area and third team all-state last season. He is committed to play in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando in January.