TRAVERSE CITY — No more doing donuts in the parking lot for Thiyo Lukusa.
But he still has plenty to celebrate.
The Traverse City West offensive tackle received scholarship offers Thursday from Michigan, Akron and Wisconsin.
But before he had the opportunity to speak to Michigan’s Brady Hoke on the phone during his lunch hour, school officials had a little fun with the 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman.
“They started off by saying, ‘Do you have anything you need to tell us?’” West coach Tim Wooer said. “And Thiyo is a high-character kid and super honest. He says, ‘Oh, jeez, I’m sorry. I came in over Christmas break after basketball practice and I did donuts in the parking lot. You probably caught that on the camera, didn’t you?’
“We said, ‘There’s somebody on the other end of this line that wants to speak with you on the subject’ — and it was Brady Hoke on the other end. We had him sweating a little bit to begin with.”
About an hour later, Wisconsin made its offer. And so did Akron.
“It was just a great day, all around,” Lukusa said. “Just a great day.”
He chuckled about the joke the staff played on him.
“They scared me a little bit,” Lukusa said. “But it was great fun.”
And said donuts in the parking lot aren’t on his agenda.
“No,” he laughed. “Not any more. Not any more.”
Between receiving stacks of mail from coach Wooer, Lukusa said he hopes to work hard and continue to get better.
His sophomore campaign was derailed by an LCL sprain and a high-ankle sprain that cost him several games and limited his impact in others.
“It was disappointing,” Lukusa said. “But I definitely learned what I have to do if I want to stay at the top.”
The massive tackle has received plenty of attention. In addition to near-perfect tackle size, he’s also a very good student.
He has a visit scheduled with Missouri, and has also received plenty of correspondence from schools such as Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida State, USC, Duke, Georgia, Oregon State and Northwestern. Michigan State already offered him a scholarship this summer.
“Michigan State had a great year, so they’ve kind of stuck out to me a little bit,” Lukusa said. “But I don’t have a clear-cut favorite anymore. I’m just taking it all in.”
Also this summer, Lukusa went to camps at Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Northwestern.
“If you look at the season Michigan State had and they got into the game early,” Wooer said. “They’ve certainly made an impression on him. And Wisconsin, from an offensive line standpoint, their record speaks for itself.”
Wooer said he’s eager to see what transpires at spring “zero hour” class where athletes meet before school to work out and run.
“A lot of times we have college coaches just happen to come in and watch kids in that atmosphere,” Wooer said.
Interest in Lukusa will also get additional exposure for fellow Titans such as linemen Tommy Roush and Jake Cerny, fullback Grant Ellison and others.
Lukusa is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com.
Michigan has one commitment in the 2016 class — Erik Swenson, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound offensive tackle from Illinois.