Nation’s No. 1 linebacker Luc ’still interested’ in Dogs

Treasure Coast High School coach Brian Kelly makes two things clear regarding his magnificent middle linebacker, Jeff Luc: One, Georgia is definitely still in it for him; and, two, Deon Rogers, isn’t some kind of throw-in recruit the Bulldogs grabbed just to try to lure Luc to Athens.

That said, Kelly added that Luc’s relationship with Rogers — who committed to the Bulldogs back in June — is not something to be discounted.

“As long as Georgia is still in it with Deon they’re still in it with [Luc],” said Kelly, who coaches both players at the four-year-old Port St. Lucie, Fla., school. “Deon is one of his buddies and friends and family are very important to Jeff. He and Deon hang out a lot.”

Of course, it will take more than that to win the sweepstakes for the 6-foot-1, 230- pound Luc (pronounced LUCK). A consensus 5-star prospect and the No. 1-rated linebacker in the nation, Luc commanded more than 50 offers at the outset of his recruitment as a junior last season.

“I’ve narrowed down to about nine,” Luc told me proudly Tuesday night. “Pretty good compared to 50.”

And, yes, Luc said, Georgia is still on there.

“Actually, I talked to Coach [John] Jancek today,” he said of the Bulldogs’ linebackers coach. “I like [Georgia]. The defense is young. They’ve got some linebackers that can play that I come in and learn from. I like Coach Jancek a lot. I like the players. I’m still interested.”

Luc said his other eight schools are Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Tennessee and Southern Cal. That’s listed alphabetically. Luc emphatically claims no leader.

That said, rumors were running rampant that the Gators were Luc’s favorite as he attended the Florida-Tennessee game as an unofficial visitor this past weekend.  Of that trip Luc said only that “it was intense. Very intense.”

Luc said he has liked Georgia and Athens ever since he attended the Mark Richt Football Camp along with Rogers this past summer. Rogers committed to the Bulldogs not long after that mid-June session.

Kelly insists it was Rogers’ performance in that camp that moved the Bulldogs to offer, not anything about Luc.

“He had an outstanding camp up there,” Kelly said of the 6-2, 195-pound linebacker. “He’s probably the fastest kid on our team and he really showed them that speed up there. They just really liked what they saw.”

As for Luc, Kelly said, “He’s got the whole package: Great speed, tremendous quickness and explosiveness. He’s still learning how to play the game and that’s why he has such a tremendous upside because his learning curve is so high. I will be extremely surprised if he doesn’t play on Sundays.”

Georgia can only hope they can get Luc back on campus. There has been talk of Rogers making his official visit the weekend of Oct. 3 and Georgia’s game against LSU and brining Luc with him. But Luc remains non-commital regarding if, whenr o where he will make any official visits. “I’m not too sure,” he says each time asked.

As for the Rogers factor, Luc said they’re definitely good friends but he’s not sure how much it might ultimately factor in.

“It’s a great relationship,” he said. “We’re always around each other, on the field, off the field. We do a lot of things together. . . I mean, that’s crossed my mind, but I’ve got to look at it for me, you know?”

66 comments Add your comment

Corrine Brown

September 23rd, 2009
6:01 am

Could be the dawgs Luc-ky day?

TampaGator

September 23rd, 2009
6:16 am

The Gators must replace Spikes in the middle and Luc is the man to do it. Things are too “Strong” for him not to be a Gator.

#2 BAMA FAN

September 23rd, 2009
6:41 am

He would fit in great with the linebackers Alabama has!! Good luck in the future Mr. Luc and crimson and white would look good on you better than blue and orange of the gators!!

JB

September 23rd, 2009
7:06 am

by the end of season, there will be lot’s of turmoil on this Georgia team and things might get worse before they get better. Mr. Luc would be a great guy to build a new defense around.

Dawg Pound

September 23rd, 2009
7:30 am

Would love to see him in Athens, but probably gonna be a gaytor

Johnny DangerDawg

September 23rd, 2009
7:53 am

“I just wanted a school I’d like even if I wasn’t playing football.” – Knowshon Moreno on why he chose UGA

Porty

September 23rd, 2009
8:07 am

No, he’s really not. He’ll be a Gator.

sswinfordawg

September 23rd, 2009
8:13 am

This article is a tease. He isn’t coming to UGA. He is going to stay in the state of Fla. Look for him to go to Fla State, FU, or Miami. Meyer probably told him he was going to be the next Spikes. Which for once meyer wouldn’t be lying.

ROLL TIDE

September 23rd, 2009
8:21 am

He is Bama bound. You heard it here first. Bama is linebacker U.

tim

September 23rd, 2009
8:29 am

keep wishin puppies Luc will be a Gator

Bill Curry

September 23rd, 2009
8:33 am

Keep lying to yourselves, he’ll be the cornerstone of the new GState defense. You heard it here first.

PT

September 23rd, 2009
8:41 am

Yea JB about the same amount of turmoil that was expected in 07 after losses to USC and Tenn, or 06 when we lost 3 out of 4. Just not happening

PT

September 23rd, 2009
8:41 am

Enter your comments here

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 23rd, 2009
8:42 am

Valdosta state is in the running also. You heard it here first.

EW

September 23rd, 2009
8:46 am

I guarantee that he has a one in nine shot at definitely becoming a dawg. You heard it here first.

Topp Dogg

September 23rd, 2009
8:50 am

Miami is and always will be linebacker central,Michael Barrow is linebackers coach you know.

Moccasin Central

September 23rd, 2009
8:55 am

Reports are he has signed with UTC Chattanooga already!!! Mocs baby!!!! WE are linebacker U. Now see how silly you all sound. Get back to work-

Uga91

September 23rd, 2009
9:38 am

I went to law school in S. Florida, a few years ago it would have been no question which school he would have chosen-Miami- that used to be big time UM country. I would to see him with the Dawgs but with Miami coming back to prominance I wouldn’t be surprised if he signed with them. I just hope he doesn’t go Gator.

Doogsga

September 23rd, 2009
9:49 am

Why would any kid with half a brain want to be a part of our defense? We are the laughing stock of the SEC at this point. Duh, sure coach I want to be a part of that.

Chip Towers

September 23rd, 2009
9:53 am

I have no idea whether Luc will come to Georgia or not. Certainly sounds like a long shot. But for whatever reason he still lists the Bulldogs, so I called and this is what was said. Nothing more, nothing less.

BG

September 23rd, 2009
10:13 am

Follow your friend Luc and be a Bulldog!

big dawg 89

September 23rd, 2009
10:16 am

WOW, just heard a very high paying job in the Athens area just opened up and they are going to extend an offer to mr. and mrs. luc….hmmmmmm

TopDawg

September 23rd, 2009
10:17 am

But don’t come and waste your talent unless Martinez is moved to special teams coach or athletic advisor to the student body. Right now our scheme would give you lots of tackles (see Curran) but only after 8-15 yard gains. Defensively we are simply hard to watch with your eyes cracked much less wide open. Hate it…but you’d be better off at UF until we have a change.

GATOR CHOMP

September 23rd, 2009
10:18 am

GATOR LOCK “BOOK IT”

Chad

September 23rd, 2009
10:46 am

Luc is going to be a stud at LB no matter where he ends up playing in college. Here is some video of him here: http://www.squidoo.com/FootballRecruiting2010 he is ranked as the #5 player in the nation on this list. There is also videos of some of the other top recruits..

Cuz

September 23rd, 2009
10:46 am

Good luck Luc, wherever you go.

Native Atlantan

September 23rd, 2009
10:51 am

Jeff Luc to Florida is one of the worst kept secrets around. I’m sure he will do well down there.

EverGator

September 23rd, 2009
11:02 am

Luc is a lock for lucky Gators

FrustratedDawg!!

September 23rd, 2009
11:06 am

Someone PLEASE! PLEASE! move Ol’ Slick Willie to washing out the towels for the ladies Gym Dawgs!! We need a REAL DC!! Where has the tradition gone of the Junkyard Dawgs? This crap for a scheme on D may work in the PAC MAC & WAC but not here!! The SEC is known for power house defenses and we show up with a D ranked 109!! C’MON MAN!!

No improvement is seen in these kids from week to week, just Ol goof ball jumping around hand pumping on the side line. Wil Muschamp come home!!!

Sorry lady dawgs no dis-respect directed towards you. If not for you we would really be lacking in championships. I just figured Willie would be more at home flipping and flopping with your towels and the gym floor than the side line. It’s crystal clear he doesn’t know a damn thing about defense!!

ReptilesRule

September 23rd, 2009
11:38 am

This will be between the Gators and Noles…some people say he’s a lock for UF, some claim for FSU. Would love to see him come to Gainesville and play the Mike. Can you imagine him in the middle with Bostic at Sam??? And the Jelani Jenkins at Will linebacker??? Holy crap! Good luck getting a first down on THAT group!! Brings to mind the ol MC Hammer song…can’t touch this!!

BAMA STAN

September 23rd, 2009
11:38 am

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

This kid will wind up at Florida – he grew up a Gator fan.

The recruiting experience has opened his eyes and I applaud him looking around – however, Florida is the top program in the conference, has run with the Elite’s since Spurrier’s arrival, and is recruiting him hard.

Dawg Dude

September 23rd, 2009
11:39 am

We will need his speed at UGA since Willie will no doubt have him in the wrong spots more times than not.

Pete

September 23rd, 2009
11:47 am

Come to UGA and you won’t be in the shadow of anyone. Go to the Gators and your the guy that replaced Spikes…

GeoffDawg

September 23rd, 2009
11:56 am

Are we recruiting Rogers at LB as well? I know we tend to go for the lighter, faster linebackers but 195 still seems like a little on the underweight side of things. Is there any talk of a position switch to safety at the college level?

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 23rd, 2009
12:04 pm

Quit bitchin’. Richt will announce a new coordinator before signing day and he already has someone big on the radar screen. Someone from a MAJOR SEC power. That will sway Mr. Luc and other 5 stars to UGA. Don’t get your panties in a wad – it is coming.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 23rd, 2009
12:06 pm

And you ask if Richt announced a big name coordinator from another SEC school will be coming to UGA would that be tampering? Not in this case – because of the way this d-coordinator’s contract is written. Stay tuned dawg nation.

GO GAYTUH

September 23rd, 2009
12:11 pm

1…. 2,3,4,5 them Gators don’t take no jive. I saw Luc made one of the best dense plays in the conferences he play in. Corch Meyers said he was the most best players he has seen in years

Dawg Foot

September 23rd, 2009
12:43 pm

Luc – the Dawgs are the right choice

La Jolla Dawg

September 23rd, 2009
12:46 pm

Did Luc come up with the alphabetized list or was that you Chip? I am pretty sure that “S” as in Southern California comes before “T”. All of the other teams are listed without the “U” so I am assuming Southern Cal. is too. Just sayin’…

Pi$$onaDawg

September 23rd, 2009
12:59 pm

Never going to be a Dawg. He wants to get better and that ain’t gonna happen with Willie.

GeoffDawg

September 23rd, 2009
1:01 pm

Sure pisser. I’ll forward your comments to Rennie Curran.

bank walker

September 23rd, 2009
1:06 pm

We are gonna be fine. Fortt a 5* LB from CT or Luc will commit to the Dawgs!

Tom

September 23rd, 2009
1:08 pm

He’s going to UF. UGA fans are still the delusional morons as usual.

Pi$$onaDawg

September 23rd, 2009
1:10 pm

Send Rennie a step ladder with the E-mail. Maybe he can look me in the eye when he talks to me too.

Denver Dog

September 23rd, 2009
1:32 pm

Bama bound, the only thing over there is probation, laundry detergent, and toilet paper.

Instant Classic1

September 23rd, 2009
1:32 pm

Will be a Gator along with Ronald Powell.

Denver Dog

September 23rd, 2009
1:35 pm

Will be a Notre Dame guy if he like Urban Meyer

FLDAWG

September 23rd, 2009
1:39 pm

GeoffDawg

September 23rd, 2009
1:50 pm

I’m sure the future All-American’s all torn up over your disapproval of his height pisser.

jerry

September 23rd, 2009
2:09 pm

UGA never gets the “best at their position” while Bama already has three in the boat.