Our pick as the top football in the Golden State this year is North Hollywood (Calif.) running back Marlon Lucky. Lucky, 6-0, 205 pounds is an incredible talent who maintains six schools lead for his services with the local school at the top of his board.
Lucky plays for one of the smaller schools in the Los Angeles city section and as a result, has been a marked man all season long after all the hype (well deserved) he received all summer.
“Man it’s been crazy, I can’t even describe some of the defenses we’ve seen this year,” Lucky said. “Every team has at least eight guys in the box with at least one or even two guys shadowing me on every play. It’s been tough out there but we’re playing well right now. We’re 2-1 and had a nice win last week.
“I rushed nine times for 138 yards and four touchdowns and also caught two passes for 58 yards and a touchdown. The week before I had 158 yards rushing but didn’t score a touchdown and we lost by two so I had to redeem myself this past weekend.”
It’s always fun to try and compare a talented high school player to some big name professional to give those who have never seen said player an idea of what his playing style is like. For Lucky, the guy who immediately jumps to mind for us is St. Louis Ram back Marshal Faulk. Lucky has great patience like Faulk and can run inside with power or bounce it to the outside and take it the distance.
We’ve always felt Faulk was an underrated power runner but he’s always finishing his runs falling forward and getting those extra two and three yards and Lucky is the same way. The biggest similarity might be Lucky’s hands out of the backfield as like Faulk, the Cali star catches everything and causes major match-up problems for a defense when he’s moved in to the slot and is covered by a linebacker or safety.
On the recruiting front, Lucky still has just his visit to Nebraska set up (Oct. 15) but knows where his other four visits will be.
“I would also like to take my other trips during the season but just haven’t gotten around to setting them up yet,” Lucky said. “I’m going to visit Mississippi State, LSU, Florida and Washington. There are a few other schools I’m also looking at like Utah and Fresno State but those five out of state schools plus USC are the main ones I like right now.”
As for a leader?
“It’s still USC,” Lucky added. “It’s funny, early on, I had no interest in staying in California but the personal relationships I have with the coaches at USC and the players on the team is really strong. That’s a big deal for me, just being at a place where I’ll be comfortable and right now, USC has that for me. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and have had great recruiting classes the past couple of years.”