Patrick Lucas was arguably the top cover corner in the valley last year, as he racked up 39 tackles and only allowed one touchdown catch while La Quinta exclusively played man-to-man all year. Lucas matched up against multiple Division-I wide receiver prospects and more than held his own.
Now a senior, the All-DVL performer will again play the shutdown corner role while also starting at wide receiver on offense. He has good size for his position and has garnered some serious interest from several Division I schools.
About this series
One of the best things about football is its neat order. There are polls, power rankings and standings that catalog a team’s past successes, and lead us to make bold predictions about their future. They enforce the caste system by which all teams — from high school to the NFL — are now measured.
In recent years, player rankings have become almost equally important. They tell us who to watch and further reinforce a team’s legitimacy. For the last five years, The Desert Sun has selected the top 10 desert players entering the season. It’s never an exact science, and there is always some debate about whether or not we got it right.
This year, we’ve taken it a step further and compiled video profiles of The Desert Sun’s Elite Eleven.
These 11 football standouts are our top players entering the 2013 season — we couldn’t quite narrow the list down to 10. We’re counting down the list, from No. 11 to No. 1, releasing one video profile per day.
The player in our No. 1 spot will be unveiled the day our football special section is published on Friday, Aug. 30, the first day of the season.
How many players from your school will make the cut?
Check MyDesert each day to see where your favorite player ranks, and feel free to share your opinion in the comments section.
Once the last of the 11 videos is posted to MyDesert on Aug. 30, return to view them all again and vote on your favorite player.