4-star Chase Lucas commits to ASU

Arizona State went back-to-back with four-star commitments at Chandler High School, locking down Chase Lucas.

Arizona State is enjoying a case of the Mondays. 

One week after his four-star teammate N'Keal Harry committed to ASU, teammate and close friend Chase Lucas followed suit.

"Me going to ASU is basically because of loyalty," Lucas said. "That was the biggest thing for me. That put ASU above everybody else, because I loved the loyalty. You're going to (scholarship) offer a sophomore that barely played any games on varsity? You're going to offer him? That shows me that they really believe in me and trust me with what I do.

"I'm very happy and I'm very pleased to say I'm an Arizona State commit. I love saying that. I love saying it."

Lucas is the No. 299 overall recruit in the Scout300, giving the Sun Devils two such in-state prospects as Harry ranks No. 153.

"Chase is an electrifying player," Chandler High coach Shaun Aguano said. "He's great with the ball in his hands but he's long and athletic for the defensive side. Wherever they think they'll need him, that's where he'll play. He's unselfish like that. He likes the limelight a little bit. He's going to make spectacular plays as well." 

The Sun Devils haven't signed two in-state members of the Scout300 since 2008 when they signed Gerrell Robinson and Zach Schlink. 

At 6-foot-0, 175 pounds, Lucas is a four-star athlete who primarily plays running back at Chandler, but can project to different positions on offense or defense. He said ASU sold him on the vision of being a defensive back first who could then perhaps expand his role to some offensive reps. 

"Every other college wanted me to play a different position," Lucas said. "Washington wanted me to play wide receiver, UCLA wanted me to play corner and running back. Just knowing what I'm going to be playing and knowing what I'm going to be doing and actually being like the (USC sophomore) Adoree Jackson of ASU makes me feel a lot better. It makes me actually feel comfortable about where I am and like I said, I'm happy to be an Arizona State commit."

Lucas and Harry teamed with current ASU freshman quarterback Bryce Perkins to win a Division I state championship for Chandler last season. 

"I think it started four years ago," Aguano said. "I think (ASU) coach (Todd) Graham, coach (Mike) Norvell and coach (Chip) Long truly care about keeping kids in the Valley and they've done a good job here at Chandler High School and making them feel wanted. You see that with (Bryce) Perkins and N'Keal and Chase and there's a couple other ones that are coming up that I think have a good choice with ASU (a possibility) as well.

"[ASU being first to offer the kids is] huge. For them to be hometown guys and caring for them first, I think that came down to being the decision. I think the other factor was they wanted to stay and be close to their families. Our coaching staff is able to watch them play as well."

Lucas and Harry are also close friends with Scottsdale Saguaro four-star defensive back Byron Murphy, who is expected to make his college announcement later this month. 

ASU and Texas A&M are the apparent front runners. ASU has never signed three in-state Scout300 recruits in a single class. 

"It's crazy," Lucas said. "I feel like, when I came here to Chandler, all the starts aligned for us to beat Hamilton for the first time and win a state championship for the first time. Now this year, hopefully going back-to-back. I feel like Arizona State, their stars are aligning and me, Bryce, N'Keal and Byron are the stars to align it, so I feel like if we do that, do what we need to do and grind like we never have, I feel like a BCS (playoff berth) is in our way."

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