Keisean Lucier-South is one of the most coveted prospects in the nation, currently rated No. 29 in the Scout 100. He's the top pass rusher out West and showed at The Opening a few weeks ago that if he can get that first step on an opposing tackle, he's very difficult to block.
He'll either need to gain some significant weight to stay at defensive end or make a full time move to outside linebacker, which is where Scout now projects him to play in college. He definitely has the athleticism to do it and just needs to continue to work on his overall quickness, cover skills and ability to break down in space.
On the recruiting front, Lucier-South cut his list down to a final five that consisted of Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, Michigan and UCLA.
"Those are the five schools that I felt most comfortable with and the ones that I felt matched my style the best," Lucier-South said. "It was really hard to cut Notre Dame and USC. Those two schools have been on me hard for a long time but I just felt like the five I choose were the best fits for me."
Lucier-South has made no secret that UCLA is a current leader and Michigan is the school he grew up rooting for, so those two were expected to make the cut. Oregon has come on strong lately as well but The Gators and Sooners made up some ground in the last month and will now get official visits.
"I want to try and visit all five schools if I can during the season," Lucier-South said. "I don't have any trip dates set yet but I'll start to work on that now that I cut my list down. I'm not announcing until Signing Day so I have a lot of time but I think it would be fun to do the visits during a game weekend.
"The only schools I have ever visited are UCLA and USC so I'm really looking forward to the experience. It's going to be great getting out to these colleges that I've seen on T.V but have never had a chance to see up close. I feel like all five schools are strong football programs, I get along well with the coaching staffs and like I said earlier, scheme wise, I think it's a natural fit. I'm going to take all the visits with an open mind and then pick the place where I know I'll have the most longterm success on and off the field."