Chandler (Ariz.) running back Chase Lucas (6-1, 178), has a number of offers that span the country.
The next step for Lucas will be to trim his list of offers, which come from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Louisville, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Texas, UCLA, Utah, Utah State, Washington, Washington State and Montana.
But that doesn’t look like it will happen soon.
“I’m still very open about my recruiting,” said Lucas. “I really like to get a good feel for the colleges that have offered me and get to have a great relationship with the coaches recruiting me. I’m excited about all of my recruiting and all of my offers so I really don’t have any top schools.”
Lucas said, though, that a few schools are recruiting him a little harder than others.
“I would say Arizona State, UCLA, Texas and Nebraska have been reaching out the most,” said Lucas.
Lucas visited USC and UCLA in March and has spent plenty of time at Arizona State, which is close to his Chandler home.
“Arizona State wants me to fill in for D.J. Foster, and play outside as a slot or run it up the gut,” said Lucas. “Arizona State is really recruiting me to be the hometown hero like they did with D.J. When I was coming out of junior high, he was coming out of high school and going in to college and there were billboards of him and playing up the hometown hero and that’s huge, especially around Chandler where I’m from. A lot of ASU fans are saying to stay true and stay home.”
Lucas’ Chandler teammate, Bryce Perkins, signed with Arizona State in February and he’s doing some recruiting of Lucas along with the Sun Devil coaches.
“Bryce is a really good friend of mine and he’ll make remarks about Arizona State to me all the time. I’m excited for him and he’s excited for me,” said Lucas. “Coach (Todd) Graham and Coach (Mike) Norvell are the ones recruiting me.”
Perkins’ brother, Paul, is the leading returning rusher in the Pac-12 and heading in to his junior year at UCLA where he’s shined with another Chandler alum, Brett Hundley, a point not lost on Lucas.
“Paul had graduated when I got there, but I know him and when I visited UCLA, they talked a lot about Paul being from Chandler and they had Brett too,” said Lucas. “UCLA is recruiting me as an athlete and I’m talking mostly with Coach (Noel) Mazzone”
Lucas said he enjoyed his time in Westwood.
“It’s a really great open campus and real beautiful with a rich history,” said Lucas. “It’s more of a modern campus so I liked it and it really related to the students.”
Texas was one of the more recent offers for Lucas.
“That was pretty overwhelming because they really don’t recruit outside of Texas that much,” said Lucas. “Just to know that I could play in that atmosphere, where they live, eat and breathe football, and have that opportunity in front of thousands of people, its exciting and incredible and a big time offer. Coach (Tommie) Robinson is recruiting me as an athlete.”
Lucas can play a number of positions and he’s open to playing any spot that will help him get on the field.
But pressed to pick a position, he picked defense.
“I’d probably pick corner and just be on the defensive side of the ball,” said Lucas. “I think that would be more of a challenge for me. But I know whatever position I play, I’ll succeed.”
Lucas said he doesn’t anticipate narrowing his list in the future and all of his official visits will be taken.
“I’ll take all five of my official visits and I’m not going to cut my list down anytime soon,” said Lucas. “I’m just focusing on my school work and getting my team better for the season. Recruiting will come and I’m looking forward to that.”