McKissic-Luke, the brother of Alabama's 2002 leading wide receiver, Triandos Luke, is the subject of one of the few in-state recruiting battles where the Tigers have gone head to head with Alabama's coaching staff. Luke was scheduled to see Franchione and his coaching staff for his first official visit on Dec. 13th, however, that trip to Tuscaloosa is now in limbo with Franchione jumping ship and heading west to Texas A&M.
"That surprised me that he left," the quarterback said. I really wasn't expecting that."
Going back to last spring, McKissic-Luke has had Auburn at the top of his list and he says that hasn't changed. He got an in-home visit on Monday from a pair of Auburn coaches--Joe Whitt and Bobby Petrino. Whitt recruits the Phenix City area for the Tigers and Petrino is the quarterback coach and offensive coordinator for the the Tigers.
"I like Coach Whitt and Coach Petrino a lot," says McKissic-Luke, an honor student at Central. "Both of them have been very honest with me in recruiting."
Central lost just one game in the regular season before going down in the state playoffs. McKissic-Luke, at 6-1, 187 with 4.5 speed and lots of athleticism, was a major reason for his team's success.
He says that he has also been talking to coaches at Georgia Tech and West Virginia, but has set up only the two visits to Auburn and Alabama.
Tiger Ticket Extra: The quarterback says he is not certain when he will make his college choice and notes it could be this month. Signing date is Feb. 5th, 2003.