Really, really short.
When Wheaton (Ill.) Warrenville South guard Luke Luhrsen made his
commitment to Gill and Co. Monday night, he became the fourth offensive
lineman to do so in as many days.
Already boasting scholarship offers from Bowling Green and Louisville,
the 6-foot-4, 285-pound prospect earned one from Kansas after his
dominating performance at the program's June 18 'Friday Night Lights'
Shortly after news of Luhrsen's commitment went public Tuesday,
Phog.net spent a few minutes breaking down his game and recruitment
with Allen Trieu, Scout.com's Midwest Region Recruiting Manager.
Q: Right now, what particular
aspect of Luhrsen's game is the strongest? Where can he work to improve?
Allen Trieu: In watching his
film, it's very obvious that his strong suit is in the run game. He
gets off the ball very quickly and to put it mildly dominates the guy
across from him. The guy across from him ends up on the ground in
almost every single play on his clips.
But we don't get to see, and I did watch them a full game last year, is
his pass blocking. They do throw the ball so he does have experience in
that part of his game, but I think it's something he can still work on.
Q: Like most offensive line
prospects looking to make the transition to BCS-level football, he'll
undoubtedly have some bulking up to do once he hits campus. Some
athletes can hold this weight easier than others. Is Luhrsen capable of
packing on quality pounds?
AT: He's relatively
thin-looking kid. He doesn't look like he's all the way filled out. He
definitely has some room to grow, and I think he's a pretty strong kid
already. I don't think that's really the issue. It's more just adding
some weight and adding additional strength. But I definitely think he
can do that once he gets into a college weight program.
Q: Where does he project along
the offensive line in college? At tackle, or on the interior?
AT: I think it's definitely on
the interior. I know he's mentioned that they would look at him at
tackle, but at 6-foot-4.25 he's looking more like an interior guy. And
the way he plays I think he is perfectly suited for the guard position.
If he learns to snap I could see him at center, but for the moment if I
had to guess I would say he sticks at guard.
Q: It's impossible to predict
future results with anything approaching perfect accuracy, but in your
mind is Luhrsen a prospect with the ability to become an impact player
in the trenches for Kansas before his career is through?
AT: Absolutely. It's an inexact
science and hard to project, but there are a couple of things you can
look for as good indications of how a kid will do. Number One, he comes
from a great high school program. They won a state championship last
year, they've had a lot of guys go on and do well at the college level,
and he gets great coaching in high school. I think that will help
prepare him for the next level.
Also, he plays three sports, so he has the athleticism. He's a great
student academically, so I don't think he's going to be a kid you have
to worry about academically. He's gonna have things taken care of as
far as those outside of football things that can distract kids once
they get to the college level.
I think you combine those two things with the fact that he worked for
this offer. He wasn't a kid who had a bunch of early offers and kind of
went through the process and had a bunch of schools on him. He fought
to get the three offers he had, including camping at Kansas to get that
one. So he's a kid who is willing to put in the time, he has put in the
time, and he has a lot of things going for him. There aren't too many
negatives when you look at his resume on and off the football field.
Q: An offer list that includes
the likes of Bowling Green, Kansas and Louisville is impressive in its
own right, but it's not uncommon for players with his combination of
size and athleticism to boast double-dibit scholarship offers. Was was
the story with Luhrsen? Simple underexposure?
AT: I think he was just one of
those kids who slipped under the radar. I don't think he got out there
much. I mean, the three schools who saw him, the schools he camped
with, offered him. There were a couple of other schools – he camped at
Illinois and Northwestern – but they had offered other linemen already,
and I think had they not gotten a couple of commits he was definitely
one of the next in line.
So I think he almost certainly would have picked up more offers looking
at his film and what he was able to do at summer camp. I think it was
just a case of a kid sliding through the cracks a little bit and then
by the time he started to pick up interest a lot of schools had offers
Expert's Take: Luke Luhrsen
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