Former New Rochelle defensive back Jordan Lucas has officially committed to play football at Penn State University. The 6-foot, 184-pound star was set to continue his career at Temple University but a sudden turn of events led to the quick change for the former Huguenot.
"(Temple) was the plan," Lucas said. "But about a week ago Penn State contacted me and I knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I met with their coaches and I feel like they really liked me; not just because I am a good player, but because I am a good person. It all happened so fast but when it came down to it, how many people get a chance to play at Penn State? I knew I had to take it."
Lucas spent the past season at Worcester Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts where he says he has become both a better football player and student. He scored 13 touchdowns while playing both offense and defense and currently holds a 3.6 GPA at the school.
"I really didn't know what to expect," said Lucas, who has added almost 15 pounds of muscle since high school. "It felt like I was starting my entire recruiting process all over again. All I could do was work hard and continue to get better and hope it worked out. The schools that were recruiting me were great, but I never really thought something like Penn State would come along. I guess it was a blessing from God."
Lucas plans to study broadcasting in college and will join the team as a cornerback under new Penn State coach Bill O'Brien. He says that he is honored to be chosen as one of the new players that will represent Penn State football and will always have a special place in his heart for New Rochelle.
"I've spoken to a few of the people from the New Rochelle program and I think everyone's pretty excited," Lucas said. "I'm going to have an opportunity to compete for playing time right away and I'm going to be at a great academic school. There aren't many people from our area that get a chance like this. It's pretty much everything I could have dreamed of. I will do everything I can to represent New Rochelle, Worcester and Penn State in the best ways possible."