Jordan Lucas the first for O'Brien

Late last week defensive back Jordan Lucas (New Rochelle, N.Y./Worcester Academy) was planning on playing college football at Temple, but his recruitment took a 180-degree turn and he committed to Penn State on Monday.

Lucas received his scholarship offer Monday morning, when he met with three Penn State coaches: defensive coordinator Ted Roof, secondary coach John Butler and linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden.

"It happened pretty fast,” Lucas said. “They contacted me late last week and let me know they were interested. We had a good meeting here at Worcester – I got a good feeling for them, and they got a good feeling for me.”

Lucas said he was told he will be able to compete for playing time in the defensive backfield and on special teams right away.

"That was the biggest thing – he gets to come in and compete for a starting position right away,” Jordan's father, Vincent, said. “They made it clear they are very thin in the defensive backfield. It's a great opportunity.”

Lucas also had offers from Akron, Massachusetts, Old Dominion and Temple.

"I was already familiar with Penn State because they recruited me out of high school,” Lucas said. “I took a visit when they played Alabama last season. My parents like the academic side of things, and I like the tradition that Penn State carries.

"Coach O'Brien [Penn State coach Bill O'Brien] wants to do big things right away.”