Florida State recruiting: Analyzing impact of OG commit Dontae Lucas
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Seminoles OL class has an interior anchor in Dontae Lucas
There’s no question that offensive line is among the primary needs for Florida State in the 2019 cycle.
Seminoles coach Willie Taggart and offensive line coach Greg Frey could take as many as four or five prospects up front by the time Signing Day rolls around.
While the need for tackles may greater than the need for guards, the Seminoles have a great foundation for their offensive line class in the form of 4-star Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy guard Dontae Lucas.
The 6-foot-3, 323-pound prospect was one of three pledges picked up by the Seminoles on April 14 — the date of the Florida State spring game.
Home is where I’m at and home is where my HEART is. My HEART is in Tallahassee and #NoleBlood runs through it!!! I can’t wait to #DoSomething and I’m a #Nole !!!! 🍢🍢🍢 #Committed #GetDownOrLayDown #GoNoles #Tribe19 #LetsGooooooo pic.twitter.com/neCPiqa6TB
— Dontae Lucas (@7totha8) April 14, 2018
In the second installment of our series analyzing Florida State’s current commitments, we take a look at the impact of Lucas’s commitment and how his recruitment played out.
Commit date: April 14, 2018
Position/overall ranking (247Sports composite): No. 7 guard, No. 129 player overall
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 323 pounds
Other schools considered: Alabama, Florida, Louisville, Miami, Oregon, South Carolina
Originally from Miami, Lucas transferred to national prep powerhouse IMG Academy in the offseason.
The hometown Hurricanes were a factor early on in his recruitment as they were the third school to offer him last February. In fact, Lucas has been a fixture on campus at Miami, taking in four Hurricanes games last fall and making numerous other unofficial visits in that span.
Fellow in-state powerhouse Florida was also able to get him on campus for multiple visits. He also took trips to take part in camps at Alabama and Georgia last summer where he earned offers from both SEC powers.
— Dontae Lucas (@7totha8) May 15, 2018
However, his recruitment shifted toward the Seminoles when Taggart was hired. Specifically, when tight ends coach Telly Lockette was added to the staff, the Seminoles surged toward the top of his list.
He confirmed to Noles247’s Zach Blostein (via Noles247’s Josh Newberg) that his bond with Lockette and Frey were a major part of the reason he decided to commit to Florida State.
Impact of commitment for FSU
With the need for big and athletic bodies up front, Lucas is the perfect building block for Frey’s first full class at Florida State.
In terms of mauling, run-blocking guards, Lucas fits the prototype of a strong interior lineman who has the strength and mean streak necessary to create holes for his running back.
Additionally, he’s prep teammates with two other potential offensive line targets for Florida State in this class — 4-star tackle Evan Neal and 4-star guard Deyavie Hammond. Having him in their ear about joining him in Tallahassee could pay dividends for the Seminoles down the road.
Current recruitment status: Solid commitment
Lucas has been one of Florida State’s most vocal and active player recruiters. It does, however, appear as if he will leave the door slightly open for other schools to continue to recruit him. He did take an unofficial visit to Florida last weekend, but he plans on being in Tallahassee this weekend.
I’ll Be At The State This Weekend 🍢🍢
— Dontae Lucas (@7totha8) May 21, 2018
Nonetheless, visits to other schools remains a possibility.
With that said, it would be a surprise to see him land anywhere other than Tallahassee when he signs in December.
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