Everett OT with WSU offer eyes visit next month

IT WAS LAST week that Archbishop Murphy defensive lineman Abraham Lucas received an offer from WSU. But with his massive frame, WSU area recruiter Eric Mele let the young man know that he and Mike Leach want him on offense. And that’s something they hope to speak with him more about early next month.

Checking in at 6-6, 280-pounds, the Everett product has dominated play in the prep trenches on the d-line, but WSU wants him to suit up for Clay McGuire on the offensive line instead of for Joe Salave'a on the d-line, Lucas told Cougfan.com on Monday night.

“I got my offer from them last Tuesday,” he said. “I was humbled and really thankful. I had a sigh of relief. I spoke with Coach Mele and he told me to be excited about this. I laughed and told him I was. I was just a little surprised.

“Coach Mele told me they’d like me to go in and play offensive tackle for them. We’ve been talking now for about a month. He’s been telling me a lot about the school and he’s been trying to get across how great it would be to play for them.”

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WSU was the first Pac-12 offer for the in-state target, who additionally holds offers from Wyoming and Idaho. He’s also receiving interest from Oregon State, San Diego State, Portland State, Air Force and Army. 

Lucas is yet to take a visit to the Palouse, but he’s hoping that changes in the next next few weeks.

“I’ve been talking with Coach Mele about that actually,” Lucas said when asked if he was hoping to visit WSU this summer. “They want me to head over there on June 4, so we’re working on that. I’m talking with Coach Mele and my dad about it.”

WSU likes Lucas’s athleticism, he added.

“I think pass blocking shows was kind of an athlete you are,” Lucas said. “There, you put someone in a one-on-one situation and you have to be able to move your feet and move players at will. I play tight end right now, but my coach is going to give me reps at right tackle this season. I would say I definitely have room to improve.”

Lucas said he’s in no rush to make a college decision and is going to enjoy the process.

“I’m keeping an open mind to everything,” he said. “I haven’t thought too much about it. Right now, I want to see who all wants to offer and then I’ll think about it in depth. Being offered by an in-state school is definitely pretty cool to me, though.”

HERE ARE SOME more recruiting notes for you: 

• On Tuesday morning, Utah outside linebacker Levani Damuni picked up an offer from WSU. He also holds offers from Boise State, BYU, Colorado, Fresno State and others. 

• On Monday evening, four-star class of 2018 defensive back Isaac Taylor hauled in a tender from WSU. The 6-2, 180-pounder holds offers from Arizona, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, Stanford and others.


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