DT LUCAS VINCENT 6'3" 277 4.9 Olathe (KS) North
Vincent is a tough and rugged player in the trenches who knows how to win. He finished his career on a team which went a perfect 13-0 and as state champions in 2009, while he's also won an individual state wrestling title (going 34-1 in the heavyweight class). His senior class went an outstanding 31-5 during his three years on varsity at Olathe North High School. Scout.com ranks him as the nation's No. 23 defensive tackle prospect. He had a big performance in January at the Offense-Defense Sports All-American Bowl all-star game in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he helped his team to a 35-0 win, thanks to his forcing a fumble and getting free for multiple quarterback sacks. Vincent was twice named a 1st-Team All-State performer on the defensive line. He had a big game in the state title game in 2009, as he made 7 tackles, 2 quarterback sacks, and added a safety and a pass break up for good measure. He had 4 quarterback sacks in all on the
2009 season, and added 6 forced fumbles, 18 tackles for loss and 1 blocked kick. He recorded 49 tackles as a junior in 2008, including 13 tackles for loss, and 9 quarterback sacks, while adding 3 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
His high school coach is Pete Flood, and his parents are Steve and Genia Vincent. Lucas lists hanging out with his friends and playing X-Box as his hobbies. He chose Missouri over Nebraska, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Kansas State, among others.
Missouri Assistant Coach Andy Hill talked about Lucas Vincent. "He is a unique talent. It's very hard to find defensive tackles............ He was a state championship wrestler last year as a heavyweight............. We feel like he can come in and make an impact right away."
"Lucas is young and very strong and he's got some explosiveness." said Coach Pete Flood. "Whether we played him at end, like we did quite a bit, or at nose guard, you had to account for him with a couple people. He was one of those guys who changed the game in regards to the way they had to approach and account for him."
JP: "Everyone knows how hard it is to find Defensive Tackles. The Tigers got a proto-type kid in Lucas Vincent. His is strong, barrel-chest kid with a great motor who gets good explosion and uses leverage well. He can play either interior position for the Tigers and I would suspect that he has a good chance to be in the two deep come the fall unless some current Tiger players step them performance up a bit."
Greg: "Vincent won't turn 18 until April, and is due to arrive at Missouri in June. He has the size, speed, and athleticism to play DT in the Big 12. He's a very competitive kid, who has worked hard to become very physically developed for his age. He has superior strength and quickness on the line of scrimmage, and is a coachable kid who is used to winning. He was unofficially named the Defensive MVP of the Offense-Defense All American Bowl, and is a candidate to see the field as a true freshman.