Bloomington – Zionsville junior defensive end Blake Lueders is already amassing an impressive array of scholarship offers. But no matter who gets involved with the 6-5, 245-pounder, there's one thing he knows about Indiana.
No one will recruit him harder.
That's the message that the IU staff has given Zionsville Coach Larry McWhorter, and the 13th year head coach has every reason to believe them. McWhorter actually played football against IU Head Coach Bill Lynch in college, and their paths have crossed countless times over the years when it comes to recruiting.
"Coach Lynch has never lied to me, so I believe," McWhorter said.
There's plenty of reasons and a lot of other schools to already to be taking an active interest in Lueders. After jumping up to varsity as a freshman and playing fullback his first two seasons, Lueders was moved to middle linebacker this past fall. He totaled 128 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three sacks and one interception at his new position, helping Zionsville to an 8-5 record.
McWhorter thinks Lueders is versatile enough to play a slew of positions at the collegiate level, but most have targeted him as a defensive end.
"If you ask him, that's what he'd like to do, even for us," McWhorter said.
Lueders clearly has the frame and the tools to play on the line at the next level. As a high school freshman Lueders was already 6-4 and 215 pounds, and he's since continued to grow and fill out into a top-flight college-caliber prospect.
"He's exceptionally big and stout for a high school player, and he moves really well," McWhorter said. "Coaches say they really like his aggressiveness and the fact he's a good athlete for a man that size."
Stanford was the first school to offer Lueders a scholarship, doing so back in October. The Cardinal were followed soon afterwards by Northwestern, which offered in the fall as well. Indiana, meanwhile, made it's scholarship offer official over the holiday break.
McWhorter said he's talked with IU head coach Bill Lynch as well as assistant coaches Billy Lynch and Kyle Conner about Lueders, and each has made it clear that his standout is a top priority for Indiana in its 2010 recruiting class.
While Indiana is still wrapping up its efforts on its 2009 class, it probably won't have to wait too terribly long before Lueders is ready to come to a decision. McWhorter said that he suspects his standout won't want to drag the decision out.
"He has mentioned to me that he would like to have it behind him before the season starts," McWhorter said.
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