I’ve written about the need for FSU football coaches to address the need for a defensive tackle in the 2022 recruiting cycle.
The Noles signed two players that will move to the position in Joshua Farmer and Shambre Jackson.
However, they haven’t signed an actual blue-chip defensive tackle out of high school since the 2018 recruiting cycle.
The Noles hope to change that in 2022 and made the final 10 lists of schools for four-star defensive tackle Anthony Lucas.
He announced the news via his Twitter account Wednesday night:
Thank you to all the schools that have recruited me up to this point. It was really hard to part ways with a lot of you, I really appreciate your time and the opportunity. My family and I have decided to focus on the following schools @ChapfootballAZ @CoachZoo90 @lazdogdezigns pic.twitter.com/3JPqbDoU28
— Anthonylucas2022 (@Anthonylucas201) April 7, 2021
Lucas checks in at 6’5″ and 280 pounds and is considered the No. 116 ranked player nationally, No. 9 defensive tackle, and No. 1 player in Arizona
Lucas has 22 offers from FSU, Alabama, Notre Dame, Texas, Oregon, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Auburn, California, Arizona State, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Washington, Utah, and other schools.
There are no 247 Sports Crystal Ball Predictions at this time, but the Noles are going up against a ton of heavy hitters.
The coaching staff offered him only a few months after getting to Tallahassee, and it helps the coaching staff has a history of recruiting Arizona.
Chubba Purdy is from there, and 2022 QB commit Nicco Marchiol hails from Arizona. Kenny Dillingham is likely running the point on this one, and he’s relentless on the recruiting trail.
However, most players from that area tend to stay out west or go to places like Ohio State and Alabama. Three of the five highest-ranked players in Arizona chose to enroll at Oregon last year.
Defensive tackle is a huge need, and the Noles could offer early playing time since they’ll likely lose a couple at the position after the 2021 season. Let’s see if they can get him on campus and make an impression.