Plenty of prospects, some of them high-profile, others under-the-radar, have come and gone in the past decade or so, since the inception of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Still, the talent level across the board on the national scene has been about as good as it gets.
Things don’t figure to change anytime soon, as the hype continues to build for this year’s games: Dec. 14 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and three others taking place at the same venue, on Jan. 18 and on Jan. 25, also a spring edition of the action on May 17.
To gain a better understanding about the rapidly growing direction of things, perhaps now it’s best to take some time to reflect on the humble beginnings. Therefore, moving forward, the plan is to more closely examine the brand’s many alumni from all over the country.
The focus this time around is on Abraham Lucas from Archbishop Murphy (WA). As a member of the Class of 2017, he first emerged on the national radar by dominating down in the trenches as Pacific defeated Atlantic, 37-14, at Oakland Raiders Coliseum on ESPN3.
There was no shortage of talent during the recruiting cycle, as other nationwide game participants included Missouri commit Larry Borom, Texas Tech commit Kaylon Geiger, Georgia Tech commit Pressley Harvin and Colorado State commit Ryan Stonehouse.
Some things change, others remain the same. Still a force to be reckon with, the 6-foot-7 and 305-pound junior offensive lineman is taking care of business with Washington State. Lucas will be in action against USC on Dec. 6 in Pac-12 Conference game at 10 p.m. (EST).
By season’s end, it would not be a major surprise to see him land somewhere on the All-Conference team. Remember, in each of the last two years with the Cougars, Lucas was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List, annually given to the country’s top interior lineman.
A three-year starter, he seems to be a lock for a similar role as a senior. Beyond that, a selection in the first few rounds of the NFL Draft is a real possibility. Don’t forget, Lucas recently left a lasting impression when he lined up for the brand’s All-American Bowl in California.