One of the biggest remaining targets in the 2024 recruiting class for the Wisconsin football staff is set to make his long-awaited commitment decision this Friday, August 11th.
Xavier Lucas, a three-star defensive back from Florida, recently appeared on the Badgers radar after being recruited behind the scenes. Lucas and the Badgers were not connected for quite some time, and then the Badgers took a crystal ball prediction from 247 Sports out of thin air. Wisconsin will be up against Iowa and Florida State, among other potential schools, during the commitment this coming weekend.
Wisconsin Football Eyeing Another Key Defensive Back In the 2024 Recruiting Class
Lucas, a 6-foot-1-inch defensive back is a versatile player with multiple means of impacting the opposing team. Lucas has burning speed that makes it nearly impossible to break away from him in coverage, especially when he is covering someone in a zone concept. Currently, the recruit is listed as a safety in most recruiting platforms, but he has shown plenty of potential when playing as a corner back as well.
The talented defensive back is a natural safety due to his size and strength. Not only can Lucas run down the majority of the opposing team, but he can also knock them backwards with vicious hits. The safety expects to make an impact immediately at the collegiate level due to his speed and football IQ. Lucas already has some of the skills necessary to succeed at the next level, but the safety still needs to refine his game before making a major impact.
Lucas has come virtually out of nowhere for the Badgers lately after Wisconsin staff member Paul Haynes began to recruit the safety heavily. Thus far, Lucas has made visits to Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin while also attending multiple camps across Florida. While plenty of teams are in on Lucas, his fit with the Wisconsin staff and their style of play might become the deciding factor for the exceptional recruit.
Will the Wisconsin Football Staff Land 2024 Three-Star Defensive Back Xavier Lucas?
The Wisconsin football staff has been fighting for Lucas as of late due to the fit that the recruit represents as a position of need. Versatility is the name of the game for Coach Luke Fickell and having versatile players to begin with helps make his team run smoothly. Fickell has a common theme among his 2024 recruits thus far, which is that they all have experience playing multiple positions and styles of football.
In the case of the defensive back Lucas, the recruit provides plenty of versatility to a defense that needs it. Defensive Coordinator Mike Tressel likes to utilize a handful of defensive backs, and often rotates them around the field as well. Lucas has experience playing multiple positions in the secondary and he can play all of them at a high level, which bodes well for his potential playing time at the university.
If Wisconsin is able to land Lucas this coming weekend, it could be a huge boost to a strong 2024 recruiting class.
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