Recruiting coup: Chandler’s Lucas joins Harry at ASU

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It may not be much consolation for an Arizona State football season spinning out of control, but the announcement that local prized recruit Chase Lucas has opted to bring his considerable talents to the Sun Devil program has to be a huge lift for some sagging morale in Tempe where the Devils are floundering with a 4-5 record overall and just two wins in six conference games so far this season.

Lucas, a four-star athlete who is rated by azcentral sports as the No. 2 recruit in Arizona and No. 13 by 247 sports, is the 14th commitment from the Class of 2016, and the fifth prospect in that group with a four-star or better rating.

The 6’1″, 180-pound running back/receiver, with 4.65 speed in the 40-dash, rushed for 1,126 yards as a junior, but was sidelined this year for all but five games after being injured on a kick return in the second game of the season against Bishop Gorman High School from Nevada, ranked No. 3 nationally at the time, and the only loss on the Wolves’ schedule.

Lucas showed immediate promise for a record-setting senior year when he reeled off an 80-yard touchdown run against Pinnacle High in the first play from scrimmage in the season opener.  His loss was an early blow to a Chandler team looking to repeat as Division I champion.

In an abbreviated season, he has rushed for 201 yards, but is efficient when called upon, averaging almost seven yards a carry, and has also contributed 139 yards in pass receptions.  His considerable talents have also benefited the Chandler defense since he plays both corner back and safety.

Chandler, which is the top seed in the state tournament, is averaging just shy of 500 total yards of offense per game and rolled through its first game of the playoffs with a 35-14 win over Boulder Creek High.

And Lucas’ commitment Monday was the back end of a huge one-two punch delivered by head coach Todd Graham and his coaching staff as they continue to focus their recruiting efforts in their own backyard.  Just seven days before, the Sun Devil recruiting nets pulled in a commitment from another top in-state prospect, N’Keal Harry, a teammate of Lucas at Chandler High

Harry is a five-star recruit also wrapping up his senior season with the Wolves.  He’s been averaging 78 yards a game as a wide receiver, with 784 total yards so far this season – and is considered by most recruiting services to be among the top five prospects coming out of Arizona in the Class of 2016.

And to make things even sweeter for Sun Devil fans, Graham snatched Harry from the grasp of rival University of Arizona, which reportedly had the 6’4″ impact player at the top of its wish list.  The Wildcats put a heavy rush on Harry, who had made a number of unofficial visits.

Now, Lucas and Harry will likely be helping Graham with one more significant local acquisition.  Byron Murphy is a four-star corner back at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, who also spends time as a receiver.  He leads a 9-2 Sabercats team with four interceptions and is third in solo tackles with 28.

Murphy is still weighing his options, but has often expressed a desire to be able to join his close friend Harry on the same college program, and the duo even made some of their recruiting visits together.

A decision by Murphy is expected before long…and Graham could certainly use some more good news right now.