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4-star DL Lucas recaps Miami official visit

4-star DL Lucas recaps Miami official visit

Stefan Adams
Anthony Lucas made a declaration. Like Kevin Garnett or Anthony Davis declaring themselves power forwards and not centers, Anthony Lucas declared himself an edge rusher. He knows he is versatile to play anywhere on the line like AD playing center in the NBA Finals. He also knows he can be a dominant edge player in college and beyond. Chase Young's leg drive and hand disengagement are skills he uses to better himself as an edge rusher.

Lucas set his mind on the intersection of business and sports management, whether it is a double major or potential major/minor.

Beyond their football success, both Oregon and Notre Dame offer classes in those fields that align with his learning interests. In addition to visiting those two schools, Lucas stopped by Texas A&M earlier this month as well.

“[Texas A&M] has a history of showing up underneath the big lights in big games, but can't quite get over the hump yet. They are looking for another season to do that so this year they are coming out pants on fire… Jimbo [Fisher’s] pitch was about what A&M can bring out of a player in terms of development and the connections later on in life.”

A&M has a geographical advantage over Miami, Notre Dame, etc. for the rising senior from Chaparral High School (AZ). However, distance is not the end all be all for Lucas.

Lucas answered “Not necessarily,” when asked if distance was a substantial factor in his college choice.

So what is most important?

“How I get along with the coaches, the players, the academics, the recruits and how they do this upcoming season. I got to know who I’m going to be around for the next couple of years.”

At the moment, Lucas does not plan to make a decision until after the season.

Lucas and the rest of his family landed in Miami for an official visit on Thursday night. The family spent many years in Florida before a move to Arizona. His parents stressed order and discipline as prerequisites to success.

The first generation Hatian American loves griot and oxtail. And where better to get island food than in South Florida?

Before and during his visit, Lucas connected with Hurricanes’ outside linebackers coach Ishmael Aristide, whose family has Haitian roots as well. Lucas speaks with Aristide the most out of the Miami staffers.

“[Aristide] is also Haitian, they have a lot of culture on the team that is the same as me: bunch of coaches, GA’s. He talks really about connections and the people can get to know out in Miami ”

Senior Zach McCloud was Lucas’ weekend host.

“Zach was amazing. He gave me a lot of great advice. Really knowledgeable person to take in, sit down and listen to. Getting to know him throughout the weekend made me better understand college and what I need to do to be in his position.”

Lucas’ First impression of Manny Diaz?

“Really a cool person. The way he talks is in a manner that makes me feel comfortable. I also really like defensive minded head coaches.”

How did he feel about DL coach Jess Simpson?

“Great instructor and teacher. I was in the film room learning as much as I can. I probably learned as much [with Simpson] as I did in my high school in these past couple of days. It was cool to be able to look at the same stuff he teaches in the NFL used for college.”

Lucas plays baseball and basketball in addition to football. He is a multi-sport athlete and a multi-positional baseball player. He is a cornerman, both 1B and 3B, and pitcher that sports a four-seam and two-seam fastball, slider, curve, and change up in his arsenal. Over the weekend, the football staff introduced him to Miami head baseball coach Gino DiMare.

“I had a baseball photoshoot in the baseball facility. They did their research. They pulled me off to the side... I don’t think I told everybody that. [Miami] was a new offer, so I didn’t think they knew I played baseball.”

For Lucas, the coaches’ upbeat messages and demeanors transferred from virtual to reality.

“Everything they were saying in the Zooms was put into perspective... it was an amazing trip overall.”

*Interview conducted and article written by Kyle Liburd.

 

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Anthony Lucas made a declaration. Like Kevin Garnett or Anthony Davis declaring themselves power forwards and not centers, Anthony Lucas declared himself an edge rusher. He knows he is versatile to play anywhere on the line like AD playing center in the NBA Finals. He also knows he can be a dominant edge player in college and beyond. Chase Young's leg drive and hand disengagement are skills he uses to better himself as an edge rusher.

Lucas set his mind on the intersection of business and sports management, whether it is a double major or potential major/minor.

Beyond their football success, both Oregon and Notre Dame offer classes in those fields that align with his learning interests. In addition to visiting those two schools, Lucas stopped by Texas A&M earlier this month as well.

“[Texas A&M] has a history of showing up underneath the big lights in big games, but can't quite get over the hump yet. They are looking for another season to do that so this year they are coming out pants on fire… Jimbo [Fisher’s] pitch was about what A&M can bring out of aplayer in terms of development and the connections later on in life.”

A&M has a geographical advantage over Miami, Notre Dame, etc. for the rising senior from Chaparral High School (AZ). However, distance is not the end all be all for Lucas.

Lucas answered “Not necessarily,” when asked if distance was a substantial factor in his college choice.

So what is most important?

“How I get along with the coaches, the players, the academics, the recruits and how they do this upcoming season. I got to know who I’m going to be around for the next couple of years.”

At the moment, Lucas does not plan to make a decision until after the season.

Lucas and the rest of his family landed in Miami for an official visit on Thursday night. The family spent many years in Florida before a move to Arizona. His parents stressed order and discipline as prerequisites to success.

The first generation Hatian American loves griyo and oxtail. And where better to get island food than in South Florida?

Before and during his visit, Lucas connected with Hurricanes’ outside linebackers coach Ishmael Aristide, whose family has Haitian roots as well. Lucas speaks with Aristide the most out of the Miami staffers.

“[Aristide] is also Haitian, they have a lot of culture on the team that is the same as me: bunch of coaches, GA’s. He talks really about connections and the people can get to know out in Miami ”

Senior Zach McCloud was Lucas’ weekend host.

“Zach was amazing. He gave me a lot of great advice. Really knowledgeable person to take in, sit down and listen to. Getting to know him throughout the weekend made me better understand college and what I need to do to be in his position.”

Lucas’ First impression of Manny Diaz?

“Really a cool person. The way he talks is in a manner that makes me feel comfortable. I also really like defensive minded head coaches.”

How did he feel about DL coach Jess Simpson?

“Great instructor and teacher. I was in the film room learning as much as I can. I probably learned as much [with Simpson] as I did in my high school in these past couple of days. It was cool to be able to look at the same stuff he teaches in the NFL used for college.”

Lucas plays baseball and basketball in addition to football. He is a multi-sport athlete and a multi-positional baseball player. He is a cornerman, both 1B and 3B, and pitcher that sports a four-seam and two-seam fastball, slider, curve, and change up in his arsenal. Over the weekend, the football staff introduced him to Miami head baseball coach Gino DiMare.

“I had a baseball photoshoot in the baseball facility. They did their research. They pulled me off to the side... I don’t think I told everybody that. [Miami] was a new offer, so I didn’t think they knew I played baseball.”

For Lucas, the coaches’ upbeat messages and demeanors transferred from virtual to reality.

“Everything they were saying in the Zooms was put into perspective... it was an amazing trip overall.”

*Interview conducted and article written by Kyle Liburd.

I like how most of that film his him hitting the QB after the throw. poor QB
 
Call up AR82 to give this kid the inside track on that sports marketing interest. The family connection to Miami plus our academics should have us firmly in the game here, just gotta keep pushing & win some games in the fall.
 
After reading that, I think this kid is going to make the right decision for himself as a person. Whether that be Miami or another quality academic school like ND, I don't know, but it's hard for me to believe that he's going to end up at TXAM, even though they are the supposed favorite for some reason. He seems to be a bigger thinker than that.
 
I love this kids Size, Speed, Hands and ability to disengage. What I like most is his versatility to excel at DT or DE. If we land him, Stewart and Kelly it's pants down you tube live.
 
A couple of weeks ago I was catching flack bc I said Agbo isn't athletic. This is what a fluid athletic big guy looks like, this is that type of athlete we need.

I'd trade 330 for 280 all day for the difference in movement.
You would have a point if they played the same position you dolt. Agbo is probably going to be an RT. Lucas is a DLineman. 2 different body types and athletes you look for.
 
After reading that, I think this kid is going to make the right decision for himself as a person. Whether that be Miami or another quality academic school like ND, I don't know, but it's hard for me to believe that he's going to end up at TXAM, even though they are the supposed favorite for some reason. He seems to be a bigger thinker than that.
Btw if he’s good enough to play here on the diamond then he’s definitely good enough for TAMU and he got no baseball offer.
 
This kid‘s got a motor and is a disruptor. Would love to have him at the U!
 
You would have a point if they played the same position you dolt. Agbo is probably going to be an RT. Lucas is a DLineman. 2 different body types and athletes you look for.
They actually both played DT in their highlight videos. Movement > size.
 

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