Texas A&M made a seismic addition to its 2022 recruiting class on Wednesday when five-star defensive lineman Anthony Lucas announced his commitment to the Aggies as early signing period began. Lucas chose Texas A&M over Alabama, Notre Dame, UCLA and LSU.
The 275-pound prospect is the the No. 14 overall player in the class, according to the 247Sports Composite, and is considered the No. 5 defensive lineman in the nation. Lucas notched 9.5 sacks this season for a Chaparral High School team in Scottsdale, Arizona, that reached the state championship game.
As a multi-sport athlete in high school, Lucas stands out for his athleticism and size, and should have the physical tools to be an early factor up front for the Aggies. He projects as a potential future first-round NFL Draft pick, according to 247Sports mountain region recruiting analyst Blair Angulo. Here is the full scouting report on Lucas from Angulo:
Big and hulking frame with plus-plus length. Built through his lower half and carries 300 lbs. very well. A physical force at the line of scrimmage and has the prototypical size of an elite line prospect. Quick and agile out of his stance. Shows great burst to instantly put tackles on their heels. Displays crafty handwork to keep blockers at a distance. Flashes consistent motor and maintains forward momentum to pressure quarterbacks off the edge. Demonstrates tremendous footwork out of his three-point stance while keeping a low pad level. In run support, shows patience to hold his ground, seal blocks and remain gap conscious. Displays great bend and wiggle in pass-rush situations. Supreme mobility, athleticism and flexibility clearly evident and moves remarkably well for his size. Unquestionably one of the nation's best interior defensive line prospects and should be an immediate impact candidate at elite Power Five program.