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Traditional powers move in on Lucas

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Just a sophomore at Arizona's Chandler High School, Chase Lucas is content to let the recruiting process come to him, and it's certainly doing just that. It's not wasting much time doing so, either.
Already, the 2016 running back lists five scholaship offers. Utah is the most recent school to make things official. The Utes join Notre Dame and Oregon State, Arizona and Arizona State on Lucas' list of early suitors.
One of the top sophomores in the state, Lucas is not hurting for exposure. He's not naming favorites because it's obvious that his recruitment remains in its infancy.
"It's all pretty even right now but I've been getting a lot of messages and talking on the phone with new colleges," Lucas said. "I'm just sitting back and seeing what happens right now."
The list of schools kicking the tires on Lucas includes a handful of powerhouses. Even at this early juncture, it's obvious that this recruitment will be a contested one. A diamond in the rough Lucas is not.
"I've been talking to Florida," Lucas said. "I talked with coaches from Miami yesterday. Oklahoma and Texas are really interested in me. But, if I had to guess the next school to offer, it would probably be Oklahoma. Coach [Tim] Kish recruits hard out here for them. He tells me he looks the area and likes the kids that come from Arizona. He thinks we're all really good athletes."
Unofficial visits will have to wait, but they won't be on hold for long. Lucas intends to start traveling to college campuses as soon as spring football wraps up in Arizona. In fact, he already entered the initial planning phase.
Young as he is, Lucas has a plan.
"I'm trying to get out to Notre Dame for sure this summer," he said. "Then, my coach and I are working on visits to Miami and Oregon. We'll get everything on the schedule as soon as we get done with spring practice. Coach Bob Elliott at Notre Dame has been talking to my coach about when I'm going to visit."
As a sophomore, Lucas, who could play multiple positions in college, helped lead Chandler to a 10-3 overall record. He runs a variety of track events at his high school but does not plan to continue participating at the next level.
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