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Versatile LR Central Player Pledges UCA
January 31, 2012By VYPE Arkansas of VYPE MAGAZINE - Arkansas
The University of Central Arkansas added a versatile athlete to its list of commits Monday night. Little Rock Central two-way standout Cameron Lucas gave his pledge to UCA coach Clint Conque after visiting the Conway campus over the weekend.
Lucas chose UCA over offers from North Texas and Missouri State. He also considered walking on at Arkansas where his grandfather Leotis Harris, Sr. starred on the offensive line from 1974-77 and was the Hogs’ first African-American All-American.
“(The UCA visit) was the turning point because when we got there, (Cameron) felt comfortable immediately,” said Cameron’s mother, Tina Harris. “He felt comfortable with Coach Conque and the players and liked the dorms. It is a small, intimate setting, and he just felt so comfortable because they embraced him.”
Harris said she was impressed with UCA’s academic program. “I like their requirements, and that they are hands-on. They turn these boys into men and have them making a difference in the world when they leave UCA,” she said.
The 6-foot-2, 270-pound Harris, a two-year starter, began the 2011 season playing on the defensive line and at tight end and fullback. By the end of the season he saw most of his snaps on offense.
Conque indicated that Lucas would be evaluated in fall camp and could land on either side of the ball for the Bears.
Lucas is set to sign with the Bears Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at a signing ceremony at Central.