2022 RB Jaylin Lucas talks January FSU offer, recruitment

Florida State has a lot of talented options on the table at running back in the 2022 class. One newer target on the board is running back Jaylin Lucas, who picked up an offer from the Seminoles on Jan. 12 from coach David Johnson.

“I got a phone call from coach YAC [David Johnson],” Lucas said. “I really didn’t expect to get an offer from Florida State, he called me out of the blue. It was crazy, it’s an offer I’ve always wanted.”

A trio of schools are recruiting Lucas the hardest at this point in his recruitment; FSU, Kansas, and Memphis. Area recruiter and running backs coach David Johnson is his main point of contact with the ‘Noles and the two speak basically every day.

“Florida State, Kansas, Memphis,” Lucas said. “That’s pretty much it right now.”

“Kansas shows a lot of love,” Lucas continued. “Coach YAC, he always texts me every day and shows that he wants me there [FSU] with his attitude. He says that he can use me in different ways, coming out of the backfield, jet sweeps, and just being part of the Seminole nation.”

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During their talks, the two Lousiana natives have developed a close relationship and they have a lot of mutual respect for one another. The coaching staff’s ability to relate with prospects on the recruiting trail is just another area where FSU is standing out compared to the competition.

“The relationship between me and David [Johnson] is great,” Lucas said. “He’s very cool, he’s like a brother to me. Even if I don’t go to Florida State he’s still going to have respect for me. At the end of the day, it comes down to finding the best fit.”

Lucas is the younger brother of current Seminole running back/wide receiver Ja’Khi Douglas. As a true freshman in 2020, Douglas caught 7 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns, he also contributed in the backfield and on special teams. Lucas says that Douglas has told him good things about the program and wants him to join the movement in Tallahassee.

“Man, he says that it has been great,” Lucas said. “He wants me to be a part of the ‘Noles but I’m just waiting patiently to see what the future holds for me.”

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound athlete spends time at running back, wide receiver, cornerback, and on special teams for Terrebonne High School. He rushed 86 times for 712 yards and 13 touchdowns, caught 13 passes for 174 yards, and returned kicks in five games as a junior. FSU sees Lucas slotting into a similar do-it-all role at the next level like his brother.

“Yeah,” Lucas said. “He [Johnson] said I can be on special teams, being a running back, coming out of the backfield, a little bit at slot receiver, just using me like my brother.”

Lucas has been spending the offseason in the weight room trying to add more muscle to his frame. He doesn’t have a timeline for his commitment at this point and says it’s a feeling he thinks will just come to him, though he is planning to be an early enrollee. Florida State has set itself up firmly in his recruitment.

He’s currently not ranked according to 247Sports but that should change soon. NoleGameday will continue to keep up with Lucas to track his recruitment and interest in the Seminoles.

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