Berkeley, Calif., head coach Alonzo Carter has an excellent reputation for producing D-I football players when he coached at Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds and he did the same in his first year at Berkeley. It will be more of the same for Carter this season as he could have up to four D-I players.
One of them is strong safety/linebacker Lucas King (6-3, 200, 4.55).
"Lucas plays like a Rover for us," Carter said. "But he could end up as a strong safety or Will linebacker on the collegiate level.
"Lucas was hurt for the last couple of games and he still earned all-league honorable mention," Carter said. "He's a natural.
"Lucas is very athletic and was playing quarterback for us," Carter said. "He was actually our third string quarterback and after one look I knew I had to find a place for him on the field.
"I started to think about positions for him and at one time we thought about tight end," Carter said. "One day I asked him if he ever thought about playing defense.
"I knew he had natural hips and was flexible, but he wasn't all that interested in defense until I told him John Lynch was a high school quarterback who changed to defense," Carter said. "That perked up his interest and we found him a spot.
"Lucas also plays lacrosse," Carter said. "I wanted him to run track, but he likes sports that are physical. He's such a great hitter, we play him a lot in the box.
"I really think Lucas has a lot of upside," Carter said. "He has a real solid body. He could get even bigger and faster.
"Don't be surprised if Lucas really breaks out his senior year," Carter said. "He can play and he's just coming into his own.
"Once I get his DVD out, Lucas is going to have a lot of interest," Carter said. "Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, and Washington State all of the Pac 10 will be interested."