Luke Hopes To Blaze His Own Path

This outstanding high school senior quarterback has offers from all over the Southeast.

Phenix City, Ala.--With two brothers currently playing football for Alabama, it would seem like a natural thing for quarterback Kelcy Luke to be following in their footsteps. But that might not necessarily be the case.

With his options wide open and plenty of time to make up his mind on which school to attend, Luke tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that he's concentrating on making his senior season something special before worrying about his future plans.

However, that doesn't mean he hasn't already given it more than a passing thought. Saying that Auburn, Alabama, Georgia Tech, West Virginia and Southern Miss are all in the running right now, Luke says that one team is in the lead at the moment.

Luke is one of the top athletes in the South this season.

"I would probably say Auburn is in the lead right now," he notes. "I just really like how Coach (Joe) Whitt and Coach (Bobby) Petrino have been straight up with me in how they're recruiting me. I have talked to them a lot. I'm just comfortable at Auburn because when my brother (Nic Luke, current Alabama running back) was being recruited by Auburn I went up there with him a lot and I just feel comfortable there...Coach Petrino has also told me about a couple of the receivers they have up there as well."

Even though Auburn leads, the fact that brothers Nic and receiver Triandos are both in Tuscaloosa could come into play. But the younger Luke says that he's not concerned about whether he plays with them in college or not because this is his decision alone.

"It won't affect me a whole lot," Luke says. "This is something I have to do on my own."

At 6-1, 188 with 4.5 speed and a cannon for an arm, Luke has all the tools to be a success on the collegiate level as a quarterback. Used mostly as a runner his first two seasons, he has worked hard on his passing coming into his senior season and that has already begun to pay dividends.

At no time was that more evident than last Friday night when he connected on two long pass plays in the first quarter to open up a Smiths Station defense and allow the Red Devils to run away with a surprising 55-0 win over their nearby rivals and region foes. Finishing the game with 208 yards and three touchdowns on just 5-of-10 passing, Luke says he was surprised at how easily they won the game.

Luke is in his third year as a starter at quarterback for one of the top Class 6A programs in Alabama.

"We came out and were focused," Luke says. "We had a good talk before the game. It's always nice to play them. We always get pumped up to play them because they are right down the road. They're always talking junk when we see them so this one was fun."

Tiger Ticket Extra: After camping at both Auburn and Georgia Tech this summer and with his ties to Alabama, Luke has already gotten a head start on one of the most important aspects of the recruiting process, which is familiarity with the campus of each school...Luke says he plans to take an unofficial visit to Auburn this weekend when the Tigers are hosts to the Vanderbilt Commodores in the SEC opener for both schools.


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