Three Remain for Luke Schmidt

Running back Luke Schmidt has emerged as one of the top prospects in the Midwest. Several schools have offered the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, from Jasper, Ind., and Schmidt told that he has the field narrowed to three schools. A decision could come within the next few weeks.

"Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Purdue, Louisville, Indiana and a few other schools have offered me, said soft spoken Luke Schmidt.

"I have it down to three schools. Notre Dame, Purdue and Michigan, Michigan told me that I'd get a scholarship offer if I came to their summer camp."

We asked Schmidt if there was a leader at this time?

"It changes all the time," Schmidt said laughing. "I try not to think about it to much but I'm just trying to sort things out and make my decision."

Schmidt could play several positions in college. Luke is such a good athlete that the coaches will just get him on campus, throw the football on the field, and see where he fits best.

Is he a running back? Is he an H-Back or a tight end? Could he play defense? My guess is that Schmidt would fit in at all of these positions but he has his heart set on one position.

"I want to play running back," said Schmidt. "It's all I've ever known. It's not going to be the deal breaker for me but I'm going to figure in my decision the school where I'm going to get some carries."

Notre Dame already has two of the top running back prospects in the nation verbally committed. If they can land Schmidt, that would be the coup of coups for Charlie Weis.

Michigan has a stable of running backs already on campus including highly touted Kevin Grady Jr.and freshman sensation Mike Hart.

Purdue listed two seniors on the two deep for the spring game including returning starter Jerod Void. Indianapolis (Ind.) Bishop Chatard running back Dray Mason, was the only running back taken be the Boilers in February.

Schmidt and Greenwood, Indiana's A.J. Edds are cousins. Have Luke and A.J. talked about going to the school?

"Nah, we really don't talk about that much," Schmidt said. "I think our parents talk about more than we do. I think our parents would think it would be kind of neat but we don't talk about it."

Luke Schmidt told us that he rushed for 2,500 yards and 41 touchdowns as a junior. He was named 1st team all-state.

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