5-star recruit in 2022 class bids farewell to Aggies

Texas A&M defensive lineman Anthony Lucas intends to enter the NCAA transfer portal, he announced Tuesday on his Twitter. Lucas was a five-star recruit in the 2022 class, out of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral. He ranked as the nation’s No. 32 player, the No. 8 defensive lineman and No. 1 player in Arizona.

Lucas chose the Aggies over a massive haul of top Power Five programs, including finalists Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame and Oregon.

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher reeled in the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for 2022, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Team Rankings, but that did not pay dividends this past fall as the Aggies went 5-7 and missed a bowl game.

“I want to thank Coach Fisher and his staff for the opportunity to play at TAMU,” Lucas wrote on social media. “Thank you to my professors and academic staff for providing me all the support to succeed as a student-athlete. Thank you to all my teammates for all the encouragement. I will forever cherish the relationships that I have built in College Station. To the 12th man, thank you so much for all your support. I also want to thank my parents for being my main source of strength throughout this journey. Most of all, I want to thank God for all the opportunities that have been afforded to me. After careful reflection and discussion with my family, I have decided to enter the transfer portal.”

Lucas played in seven games for the Aggies, making 10 total tackles with one tackle for loss and one quarterback hit. Listed at 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, Lucas primarily projects as an interior defensive lineman long term but could perhaps also play defensive end.

The 2022-23 cycle for the NCAA transfer portal is unlike any yet seen, with a Dec. 5-Jan. 19 window for FBS athletes. Eligible players to enter before the window include FCS players, grad transfers, and those whose head coaches were fired.

The NCAA introduced the transfer portal Oct. 15, 2018, providing athletes a path to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff in order to transfer. They merely need to request that compliance enter their name. Usually, it takes 24-48 hours for a player to appear following their request. Schools are free to contact a player without restriction once their name appears in the portal.

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While a player entering their name in the transfer portal means they intend to explore their options, it does not necessarily mean they will leave. A player is free to withdraw his name at any time. However, schools are under no obligation to keep a player on scholarship once they enter the portal.

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