Former East Side High School football player and current Hinds Community College standout Khiry Lucas signed to play football at Temple University Wednesday.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to continue to play football and get a quality education," said Lucas.
The deciding factor for Lucas who had offers from South Alabama and Middle Tennessee State University was his comfort level with Temple coaches and the adventure of something new.
"I really felt at home there and I feel like it's a place where I can come in and immediately play and make an impact. Going somewhere like Temple is a totally new environment and that is exciting for me," said Lucas.
Temple competes in the American Athletic Conference (AAC), formerly part of the Big East Conference.
Lucas, a sophomore defensive back, played wide receiver his freshman year at Hinds, but made the switch to cornerback is his sophomore campaign.
"The coaches felt I could be more effective on the defensive side of the ball," said Lucas.
At 6-foot-2, 190-pounds, Lucas believes he is the perfect size for the cornerback position on the next level. He also believes his ball skills from playing receiver benefits him well when playing against receivers.
Lucas led the Eagles in 2013 with four interceptions and five pass breakups to go with 35 solo tackles and 11 assists, including a tackle for loss.
With Lucas signing Hinds now has 10 members of the 2013 team that have moved on to higher destinations after their time in Raymond.