Lucas was a three-sport athlete at Booker T. Washington High School in Tuskegee, Alabama, lettered in football, basketball and track. Competed in the state track tournament and was named to the All-Area team for basketball and football as a senior.
Lucas played two years at Troy State (2000–01) before finishing his college career at Alabama State (2002–03). He caught a team-high 46 passes for 794 yards and five touchdowns as he played in all 13 games as a 2003 senior. The year prior, saw action in five games, catching 13 passes for 142 yards. In 2001 at Troy State, caught six passes for 51 yards, and one reception for nine yards in 2000.
He began his professional career with the Tennessee Titans as a free agent on April 27, 2004, but was cut before the start of training camp on July 21, 2004.