Three-star Baton Rouge (La.) Redeptorist running back/athlete Jay Lucas has been scrambling to find a potential new college home after seeing the door close with his long-time favorite.
Lucas (5-11, 224, 4.51) had listed LSU as his top choice for most of the season, but the Tigers ran out of scholarships at his position.
So where does that leave one of the state’s top prospects?
“We’re trying to reach Mississippi State as we speak,” Redemptorist coach Sid Edwards said. “He took an official visit with them this weekend, and he really liked it. Coach Croom has told him that they’re very interested, so we’re just in the process of seeing where everything stands.
“We called 10 schools on Friday and wound up getting nine answering machines and one human being. That was coach Felker over at Mississippi State. When we told them we had Jay over here and he was still available, they got excited, and arranged for him to come to Starkville on the weekend. But they didn’t offer on the spot, so we’re not sure what’s going to happen.
“If he gets that offer, he’d probably end up going with Mississippi State. But I’m not sure he’s going to sign with anyone (on Wednesday).”
Edwards says Lucas also needs one more point on his ACT to gain his academic eligibility.
He also has offers from Indiana and Southern, but Edwards said Indiana proved to be too far away for Lucas' tastes.
As a senior, Lucas rushed for 1,666 yards and 25 touchdowns. He had 207 yards and two touchdowns in the Class 3A championship win over John Curtis, earning MVP honors. He closed his career with 4,668 yards rushing.
He is rated the No. 28 running back in the nation by Rivals.com.