Arbanas Back at Full Speed

Luke Arbanas is back. After playing hurt last year, the Rockhurst (MO) linebacker is once again leading the Hawklets defense following off-season surgery. Go Inside as Arbanas talks about his recovery and updates his recruitment…

After injuring his knee prior to his junior year, Rockhurst linebacker Luke Arbanas finally feels like he's close to 100%.

"I still felt like I was slower than normal," the Kansas City, MO prospect said of his play during the 2012 season. "This year, I feel pretty good. I don't really think about it. That ten seconds the play is going on, I don't think about anything but getting to the ball. I do feel pretty powerful out there. I'm shedding blocks, it feels good."

The 6-foot-3, 227-pound defender is in his third year as a starter for one of the elite programs in The Show Me State. After starting the year with three losses for the first time in over three decades, Arbanas was a big part of the Hawklets' first win of the season, as they blew out Kansas Class 6A power Hutchinson 41-7.

"It was pretty tough," he said of Rockhurst's early season struggles. "I was just really staying positive, and we just wanted to get a win. There are always people in your ear, saying you are the first 0-3 team since the 70s. Coach Severino was always really positive, saying you were within a touchdown of the best team in Arkansas, and the best team in Illinois. It was tough in those first three, but everybody's feeling better now."

Through five games, Arbanas has logged 69 tackles and two sacks for the Hawklets. With him back to making plays all over the field, college football coaches are feeling better about his potential to make an impact at the Division 1 level.

"I think the biggest school that's been talking to me in the way of offers is Illinois," he said. "They came to my school last week. They were looking for a middle linebacker. They took my transcripts, and I think they are pretty close."

The standout LB doesn't know a lot about the program, but he knows they have a Rochkurst alum running the Illini offense.

"I haven't done a whole lot of research, but I do know Nathan Scheelhaase, our former quarterback, is there. It's good to know somebody there."

Arbanas has strong ties to the University of Kansas. His father, Mike Arbanas, was an All-American at Grandview High School, opting to play for the Jayhawks despite offers from Oklahoma and USC among others. His mom was an All-American swimmer at KU. His grandfather and great grandfather were athletes competed in Lawrence, and his brother and cousins are enrolled there now.

"KU is a pretty big deal to my family, with all the tradition," he said, nodding his head. "Coach Grunhard is talking to me a lot. They want me up there for the game next weekend. KU's really the only one that's invited me to a game."

Arbanas pauses for a moment, then summarizes his feelings on the Jayhawks.

"I feel love for KU, I just want to see them do better."

Kansas isn't alone, as the other local schools are showing an interest in the Rockhurst prospect. A month into his senior season, he's simply trying to find the best opportunity for him.

"Mizzou is talking to me, and K-State is there," Arbanas said. "The Iowa linebackers coach, he came down for the Blue Springs game. I really like the Big Ten, personally. I'd really like to go see Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan State."

"Right now, I'm just trying to get my game film out. I'm just making my film, and keeping up to date with all the coaches."

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