Teasing the entire school population Monday, Chandler standout Chase Lucas said, “there are cars, trains and airplanes that can get you to where I am.”
Then, before pulling out an Arizona State hat, Lucas said, “Thankfully, from Chandler, it’s only 13 ½ miles away to get you to Sun Devil Stadium.”
Lucas, who says he will go to ASU as a cornerback or safety while possibly also playing slot receiver, follows teammate N’Keal Harry to ASU.
Last week, Harry, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound wide receiver, announced that he will be playing at ASU.
Scottsdale Saguaro senior cornerback/receiver Byron Murphy will be the last of the Big Three to commit. That may not come until January at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
Murphy may also announce ASU. He said Friday, when he received his U.S. Army jersey that he was probably going to announce his college during the All-American bowl in San Antonio on Channel 12. He said he will take an official recruiting trip to ASU on Nov. 21, the weekend ASU plays Arizona.
Lucas made his college announcement after receiving his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey at Chandler High School.
He said he also strongly considered Washington.
Lucas, Harry and Murphy have played youth football together since they were 6.
They’ve formed a strong bond that has taken them through high school.
When Harry approached Lucas before last week that he was going to commit, Lucas said, “I’ll be there for you, no matter what.”
“I didn’t even really want to know where he was going,” Lucas said. “But he told me where he was going, and that made me smile from ear to ear, because I knew I was going to be playing with my brother.”
Lucas and Harry both were blown away by an unofficial visit they took to ASU during its preseason Media Day at Sun Devil Stadium. Both spent most of the day with ASU, talking to the coaches. There was speculation then they were going to commit to ASU that day.
FROM AUG. 8, 2015: Harry, Lucas wowed on visit to Arizona State
But they waited.
Now they’re just waiting on Murphy, azcentral sports’ No.1 2016 recruit. Lucas is rated No. 2 in Arizona and Harry No. 5 by azcentral sports.
“Hopefully, it is a package deal with Byron and N’Keal,” Lucas said. “If Bryon doesn’t end up going to ASU, I wish him the best. He’ll always be my brother.”
Since announcing ASU last week, Harry said he has kept in daily contact with Murphy.
“He hasn’t told us where he’s going to go yet, but all we can do is hope,” Harry said Monday after Lucas’ announcement.
Harry likes the recent local recruiting trend towards ASU.
“I think it is going to ramp up the recruiting,” Harry said. “Just seeing that in-state prospects want to go to ASU is big.”
Lucas, 6-1, 180, missed six games this season after suffering a knee injury during the opening kickoff of the Las Vegas Bishop Gorman game on Aug. 29.
He returned Oct. 24 for a 28-6 victory over Brophy.
Lucas is the third Arizona high school football player to commit to ASU, along with Harry and Peoria Centennial offensive lineman Marshal Nathe. Glendale Community College defensive end Christian Hill, who’s from Kansas City, is also committed.
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