After an ‘incredible’ trip to Nebraska two weeks ago, things have settled down a bit for North Hollywood (Calif.) running back Marlon Lucky. The talented athlete is anxiously awaiting the results of his most recent SAT test and has done some shuffling to his remaining official visits.
Lucky, 6-0, 205 pounds and one of the nation’s top three running back prospects is moving forward with his recruitment and doesn’t appear to be in any rush to make a decision.
“He’s going to finish out his trips,” North Hollywood head coach Brad Ratcliff said. “He loved the visit to Nebraska but he’s come back down to earth now. The trip was a great experience for him and he’s looking forward to taking the rest of his trips now although a couple of them we need to re-schedule.
“Orginally, Marlon was going to visit LSU (Nov. 5) when they have a bye but he really wants to visit on a game weekend so he can see what the atmosphere is like. So he’s probably going to move that one which will also affect his visit to Mississippi State which was set for (Nov. 19). He’s going to officially visit USC (Nov. 26) when they play Notre Dame. They’re tripping in all their top in-state players that weekend I believe so it should be an exciting time.
“Right now, he’s still really torn between all the schools and especially Nebraska and USC. Marlon really wants to play right away and Nebraska gives him the best opportunity for that. On the other hand, he also wants to win and USC is the top program in the country right now. We’re also working hard with him to make sure he qualifies and he’s taking huge steps in that regard. He just got a 3.3 GPA last semester and is now up to a 2.3.
“We’re a year around program here and Marlon is already enrolled in another summer school class so that will take away one more grade. He should be up to a 2.5 shortly and just needs to score an 830 or 850 to be eligible. It’s amazing how far he has come in such a short time. He’s actually kicking himself for not getting his stuff together early on so he could just be enjoying his senior year right now. At least it’s better late than never and we really feel he’s going to make it. Once he does qualify, I think that could also speed up his decision but he’s going to take his trips and see how it all plays out.”