Texas A&M freshman defensive end Anthony Lucas stated on social media Tuesday that he intends to enter the NCAA transfer portal and today sources indicate that he had actually done so. Lucas played in six contests last season and totaled 143 snaps, garnering six pressures and five tackles overall. However, he was one of four freshmen who were reportedly suspended after the South Carolina game for off the field issues and never played another down for the Aggies. As of today, all four of them….Denver Harris, Chris Marshall, PJ Williams, and Lucas…have or announced that they will enter the portal.
Lucas came out of Scottsdale, Arizona (Chaparral HS) was ranked as a four-star prospect in the 247 Sports Composite and as the 59th-best prospect nationally in the Aggies’ 2022 recruiting class. Like a lot of the Aggies’ signees, he was top rated player in his home state. The 2022 Under Armour All-American recorded 64 tackles including 22 tackles- for-loss and 9.5 sacks and also had a pair of touchdowns on six catches across 13 games. As a junior, he recorded 29 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss, and six sacks and aded two offensive touchdowns in seven games in a COVID shortened season. The early enrollee had a quality spring and was in the team’s rotation at end until his suspension.
As of today, Lucas is one of 23 A&M players to have entered the portal since the end of the 2022 regular season. Here is a link to the list.
The window is closing on Jan. 19 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.
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.
There were 3,083 FBS players to enter the transfer portal during the 2021-22 transfer cycle, sources said. That is up from 2,646 in 2021-20, 1,692 in 2019-20 and 1,717 in 2018-19. That increase can be credited to the NCAA’s new policy that student-athletes are allowed to transfer once in their careers without having to sit out a year-in-residence. That means all players who enter the transfer portal for the first time will be immediately eligible at their new school as long as they meet a NCAA-mandated entry deadline.