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WSU verbal commit and Archbishop Murphy OT finally returns to action

IT HAS BEEN a long time coming for WSU offensive tackle verbal Abraham Lucas, who just wants to see the field. But after missing five games of his senior year because of forfeits, the Archbishop Murphy senior will return to action this weekend. What has it been like for the future Coug to miss most of the fall? What’s the latest with his WSU recruitment?

Finally.

That’s what Lucas and his teammates are saying know that they’ll be strapping on the pads and hitting opponents this week. After opening the year 3-0, outscoring teams 160-0, Lucas and his Archbishop Murphy team have gone 5-0…. with five consecutive forfeits. No one wanted to play ATM. The story went national.

“I mean, it was definitely a little frustrating,” Lucas said. “You only get your senior season once. Although we were disappointed, our team looked at is as a way to unite and take on adversity head on. We’ve grown as a team.”

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Despite not playing in a game since Sept. 16, Lucas said the Wildcats have continued to work their tails off during practices. He added that because of this, they’ll be more than ready for a showdown vs. Olympic on Saturday for his school's homecoming contest.

“Our coach told us through all of this that we have to stay focused,” he said. “We know that this is a big deal, but we can’t be distracted. 

“I think we’re going to do great (Saturday). Our coach has been pushing us hard these weeks without games. We’ve done a lot of conditioning and we’re all in good shape. He kept us on the grind.”

Off the field, the three-star prospect told CF.C he continues to be in contact with the WSU coaches on a consistent basis. He was also on hand for the Cougars’ destruction of the Oregon Ducks earlier this month. 

“I loved it,” Lucas said. “It was a great environment and it was nice to see the sold our crowd and everything. The coaches were as hyped as the players were. I went with my brother and my dad.

“I met with Coach Clay McGuire and Coach Eric Mele for a little bit before the game, but they were really busy preparing. It was just a day trip to Pullman. We actually ended up staying in a hotel two hours away because everything in town was booked. It was worth it, though.”

Lucas has been committed to WSU since Aug. 3 and said he remains locked in with his decision to join the program this summer. However, schools are still continuing to make a push, specifically a Pac-12 rival.

“I’m still strong with WSU, but Oregon State has been on my radar too,” he said. “I get a lot of mail from them. They’re really the only school who has been on me tough. I’m going to try and take an official visit to OSU. I’m still working on the details. I’ll of course take my official to WSU as well.”

Here are more recruiting notes for you: 

• On Monday, WSU extended an offer to three-star prospect Branden Smith. Smith told CF.C his crimson offer was a big one because it was his first from the Pac-12. The cornerback also holds tenders from BYU, San Diego and Nevada. 

• According to Scout's Brandon Huffman, three-star Grant Union (Calif.) offensive lineman Orlando Umana is eyeing an official visit to Pullman. Umana is ranked the No. 4 offensive guard in California, and No. 42 overall in the nation by Scout. 

• Late last week, WSU also sent out a scholarship to 2018 linebacker Halid Djibril. The junior checks in at 6-1, 190. 


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