Yogi Berra once stated, if it ain't broke don't fix it and by all accounts, linebacker Stephen Anderson ain't broke.
So, if you happen to find a prospect that has similar football qualities to one of your top performers, you do your best to ensure that such a recruit will seriously considering the Black & Gold of Army.
Well, for the Army coaching staff, there is such a player in Brian Lucas out of Damascus (Md.) Damascus High School.
DRAWS BIG COMPARISON
Like Anderson in high school, the hard hitting and hard running Lucas plays both linebacker and fullback.
The similarities don't stop there, but if you were to have these two stand next to one another, their physical characteristics are also similar. The Army sophomore All-American & Black Knights' co-captain measures in at 5-foot-10, 225 pounds, while Lucas tips the scales at 6-foot, 215 pounds.
Of course, their styles of play are outright scary. On the defensive side of the ball, after a quarterback is hit from a blitzing Anderson or Lucas, and a running getting stuck at the line of scrimmage
you can bet in both instances, that player is looking over his shoulder for where these two hitters are lined up on the next series of plays.
The connection doesn't stop there, and actually this is where it really begins, because Lucas attends the same high school that produced the aforementioned Anderson and that is where the dots begin to connect.
"My brother contacted Steve Anderson's father, who still comes to our games and he contacted Steve, who is from my high school," Lucas confesses to GBK.com. He heard about me and was told I have a similar style as his. He showed my highlights to his position coach and then the offense coordinator saw my highlights and loved me. He contacted me and I sent them my transcript and we are good to go."
So after providing submitting his paperwork and opening up a West Point profile, it was only a matter of time before Lucas, who an under the radar prospect, received an offer from Army.
"I picked up my offer from Army last night," shares Lucas, who is being recruited by John Brock. "They like me as a triple option fullback, but Coach Lyles (linebacker coach) loved me to and say he wanted me to himself. I was so excited and last night when I told my parents, they were thrilled."
When Lucas talks about Army, he is fascinated with the academic reputation and although he has never stepped foot onto the campus, he has also heard about how majestic West Point is. "I heard about that they were ranked the number one college in the country and that's a great accomplishment," says Lucas, who has been a starter on Damascus since his freshmen year.
Last season, the double duty prospect rushed for 1,110 yards on 56 carries and 14 touchdowns. On defense, he racked up 80 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.
Although Lucas is more of a north-south runner, his favorite player has a little more flare to his game. "I love Adrian Peterson, although he has a few more shakes than I do," laughs the prospect out of the state of Maryland.
Coupled with his gridiron talents, Lucas has some surprising speed for a player his size. During his junior year track season he went to the states on two relay teams; the 4X100 and 2X200, along with finishing 6th in the county in the 100M (11.2).
When it comes to a career, Lucas shared that he is very interested in law enforcement and more specifically, the FBI and Secret Service.
Lucas indicated that he is looking to schedule an official visit to Army for one of the upcoming games.
In addition to Army, he is also hearing Maryland, Cornell, Bryant, Villanova, UMass and West Virginia.
At the end of the day for Army, the question will be
can the Black Knights get Lucas to follow in the footsteps of Stephen Anderson.
GoBlackKnights.com will continue to stay in touch with Brian Lucas throughout his recruiting process.
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