Chandler seniors N’Keal Harry and Chase Lucas say they are still committed to playing football at Arizona State, despite top recruiter and offensive coordinator Mike Norvell leaving to become the head coach at Memphis.
“Norvell leaving doesn’t change my decision at all,” Harry, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound wide receiver, wrote in an electronic message to me Thursday night after his basketball game.
Lucas, 6-1, 180, who plays running back and receiver and may start out in the secondary for the Sun Devils, went to Twitter on Thursday night to reinforce his commitment:
My decision for college won't change I'm a Sun Devil all the way I wish Coach Norvell success at Memphis💯— Chase Lucas (@Chase_Lucas2) December 4, 2015
“My decision for college won’t change I’m a Sun Devil all the way I wish Coach Norvell success at Memphis.”
Chandler coach Shaun Aguano, who is in Hawaii this week because of a family emergency, texted, “Coach Norvell leaving will not impact Chandler’s players’ decisions.”
Harry and Lucas announced their commitment to ASU a week apart during the state playoffs. Lucas is the No.2-ranked 2016 recruit in Arizona by azcentral sports. Harry is ranked fifth.
ASU also is hoping for a commitment from the state’s No.1 2016 recruit, Scottsdale Saguaro receiver/cornerback Byron Murphy, 6-0, 175, who is expected to make his decision soon. He had Washington in his home Tuesday night and will have Texas A&M coaches visiting him tonight. Murphy also is considering a visit to USC.
Reach Obert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-460-1710. Follow him at twitter.com/azc_obert.
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