“When you look at Abe's frame, he reminds you of an offensive tackle in the NFL,” Jensen said. “His length will serve him well.”
Indeed, the measurables that can't be taught are there: the size, the speed, the athleticism. Now, according to Jensen, it’s time for Lucas to magnify those strengths at the next level.
“In order for Abe to be successful at the college level, he will need to continue to gain football IQ as well as commit to the weight room," said Jensen of the two-sport standout.
Jensen cites Lucas’ athleticism as his biggest strength, which makes sense for a converted basketball player. He is well-conditioned, has quick feet and is tough to get around, says the Archbishop Murphy head man.
“Abe started out as a basketball kid playing football -- but has now transformed into a football player who plays basketball,” Jensen said. “This was his first season playing offensive tackle and he showed a great willingness to learn and a desire to get better each and every week.”
The 3-star WSU signee is far from both his physical and talent ceilings. He grew up on the hardwood before finding the gridiron and excels at both at Archbishop Murphy. Lucas averages a double-double with nearly 17 points and 11 rebounds per game.
On the football field, Lucas played on both lines and had 15 sacks on defense. But he’s coming to WSU to play on the o-line.
“I think WSU has proven they can take a so-called project and transform them into a viable linemen. I look forward to seeing Abe's growth through college!” said Jensen.
Lucas is part of a WSU OL class ranked No.15 nationally by Scout.com
Lucas is ranked the No. 18 offensive tackle prospect in the West, No. 3 in the state of Washington on Scout.com and was named Seattle Times All-State and All-USA Washington second team by USA Today.
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