De La Salle High running back Lucas Dunne, who helped lead the Spartans to the CIF Open Division title this year, said Friday that he’s headed to Berkeley to play rugby for Jack Clark and the Golden Bears next season.
“I had no idea whether I wanted to play rugby or football,” Dunne said of the beginning of the school year. “I just wanted to play some sort of ball in college.”
Dunne became well known as the Spartans lead running back this season, rushing for 2,034 yards and setting a school record with 40 touchdowns. He was often a human bowling ball, bouncing off tacklers and doing his best work after first contact.
And the 5-foot-8, 175-pounder did end up with a couple scholarship offers to play football in college. He had offers from North and South Dakota, and a couple Division II offers as well.
But, for as good as he was on the football field, I’m told he was equally impressive on the rugby pitch. Dunne played wing for the Spartans, and said he’ll either play wing or scrumhalf in college.
Dunne will be joined at Cal by a couple Spartan football teammates. Blake Simons and Scott Walsh are both heading to Strawberry Canyon as well, and they’ll contine their athletic careers for the 2011 NCAA champions.
“It’s a big relief,” Dunne said. “A big weight has been lifted.”