BEFORE last week, the last time Jack Lukosius took to a football field it was in a senior SANFL preliminary final, when the athletic tall forward kicked four goals in a remarkably composed debut.

But in the South Australian under-18 trial match last weekend, Lukosius showed why he is one of the favourites to be the No.1 NAB AFL Draft pick this season by dominating the game at centre-half back.

The 196cm prospect gathered 25 disposals, took 14 marks and had six inside-50 entries in a dominant display that highlighted his range of skills and versatility.

Lukosius had recruiters excited last season when he played for South Australia at the under-18 championships, controlling a game against the Allies. His running patterns, marking and game smarts have shone, as has his disposal.

"He's one of the most graceful kicks I've seen for a tall player," one recruiter noted.