As we continue our look back into the 2020-21 football seasons, it’s time to head down to the state of South Carolina to get a look at a player that the Tar Heels have made a major push with over the last few months. 2022 5✮ CB Jeadyn Lukus and the Mauldin Mavericks played their season back in the fall and to get a look at him, we had to go all the way back to the first game of the season. Here is our breakdown of Lukus’ performance in the season opener against rival Hillcrest.
Despite a tough loss to their rivals, Lukus had one of his best statistical nights of his junior season in this one. He finished the night with five total tackles, including 1.0 tackles for loss out of his outside cornerback position.
While the game that we watched presented a tough angle to get a great look at his coverage ability, there were a few things that were evident from what we were able to see. First off, he has the perfect build at 6’2, 185 lbs, possessing the size and length that he needs to be able to succeed on the outside. He is an athletic player that can cover a lot of space quickly and he is a strong tackler, especially for an outside corner. Lukus has extremely fluid hips that allow him to get an advantage off the line and he thrives in press man coverage. He isn’t consistently physical off the line of scrimmage, but he has shown that that is an aspect of his game that he can use from time to time. He is a complete corner that, similar to what we saw from Tony Grimes this past year, has the skillset to be an immediate contributor at the college level.
Dré Bly has really turned up the heat with Lukus since the end of his junior season and it has seemed to pay off. The Tar Heels have apparently situated themselves nicely to compete with the Clemson Tigers, the team that has been the longtime favorite for him. Lukus will be taking an official visit to Chapel Hill on June 4th and right now that is the only official visit he has scheduled. He will take an official visit to Clemson at some point, as well, most likely during the season, but this is a chance for the Tar Heels to continue to build upon the momentum they have generated.
Lukus is the latest of many targets that we will be looking at over the next few months with games from the past football season. In our next scouting report, we’ll go to the middle of the country to take a look at another player that will be visiting campus in June.