Bloomington, Ind. – The eyes don't lie when it comes to St. Louis offensive lineman Ben Lueken.
The 6'5", 315-pound offensive lineman from Chamimade H.S. has been traveling around the Midwest in recent weeks to participate in summer camps and to take a closer look at a handful of college campuses. During those stops, he's heard a similar sentiment from college coaches.
"The coaches say I pass the eye ball test 100 percent," Lueken said. "They like my size, they like my build, they say I carry my weight well."
That size, coupled with good feet and an aggressive approach up front, has made Lueken a coveted recruiting commodity. He's the 39th-ranked guard in the nation according to Scout.com, and he's getting interest from a slew of Big 10 and Big 12 programs. He already has an offer from Kansas, and is also drawing interest from Nebraska, Iowa State, Michigan, Northwestern and Indiana, among others.
Indiana is one of the more recent additions to Lueken's list of suitors, and he says he'd like to take a closer look at what the IU program has to offer.
"It seems like a great school," said Lueken. "I know a few people who have gone to Indiana, and they have nothing but good things to say about it. I'm very interested in Indiana. It's a good location, it's good football, and I'd like to see the campus and get more familiar with the program."
Lueken has been in contact with IU Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada, who recruits the St. Louis area for the Hoosiers. Those conversations have made an impression.
"He's a great guy, real honest," Lueken said. "He's straight forward and doesn't beat around the bush, and that's a good thing. The first thing I'm looking for in a college is the people I'm going to spend four or five years with – I want to get along with the people I'm going to be around."
While a trip to Indiana is in the works, Lueken has already been to camps at Kansas, Nebraska and most recently Michigan. The Jayhawks were the first offer, and he admits they're a program he's considering very strongly as well.
"I took an unofficial there, and it's a phenomenal place," Lueken said. "They're building something good there. They are building a new complex, and that program is on the up and up."
Indiana is looking to build a winner in Bloomington as well, and landing players such as Lueken is a big part of that vision. While his size is the first thing that jumps out to people, he's also versatile enough to play guard as well.
"Some say I'm built more like a guard, others say I'd be perfect for their tackle spot, it depends on their philosophy," Lueken said. "If they have guys coming in who are 6-6, 6-6 ½, 6-7, those longer guys are going to play tackle and I'll play guard."
Whether it's tackle of guard isn't much of a factor to Lueken, it's just a matter of finding the place that is the best fit. If he can do that during the summer months, he's not opposed to ending his recruitment well ahead of the February signing date.
"Every day is a different day - some days I feel I want to commit before my senior year, be done with it, if I found a program that I really like and I'm sure I want to go there," Lueken said. "There are other times I feel I should just play it out, play my senior year, and see what happens once more people see me play more.
"It's up in the air, but an early commitment, I'd like to do that."
Lueken Getting Plenty of Looks
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