Versatile linebacker will visit Kansas

On the football field, his teammates call him "Dirty" Luke, but off it his name is just Lukas Foreman.

So…how did he come by that nickname?

"You know, I am not really sure," Foreman said, with a laugh. "I guess they think I am a tough-nosed player."

It may also have something to do with the fact that the 2011 linebacker prospect from Naples (FL) High School stands 6-foot-4, weighs 190 pounds and runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash. Couple those measurables with exceptional football skills and a propensity to lay the wood and, well, the moniker with which his teammates have branded him seems to fit pretty well.

"I can tackle and I am able to cover," Foreman said. "My coach really likes my tackling ability a lot."

With offers on the table from the likes of Kansas, Maryland and West Virginia, plus interest from a number of other quality programs, the talented outside linebacker has a lot to consider about his future.

Whichever school he ultimately selects will have to meet certain criteria – in addition to its fit as a place to play football.

"I want to attend a good academic school with a nice campus," Foreman explained. "Wherever I end up will hopefully be where I spend the next 4 or 5 years of my life, so it is not a decision I take lightly."

At this point, Kansas, Maryland, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina and West Virginia are schools that have managed to make an impression with him. With visits under his belt to every school on that list but Kansas, a trip to the Sunflower State is definitely on the Foreman family agenda in the coming weeks.

"I will get up there sometime soon, and I am looking forward to checking it out," he said.

Each program on the list brings a little something different to the table.

West Virginia- "I love their jerseys, I absolutely love the D, and I just went there not too long ago when I was on vacation. I am in contact with their safeties coach, and he is a great guy. Right now I am in love with that place."

North Carolina- "I love the campus there and I like their jerseys as well. They have good tradition, and it feels like a good place to be. The coaches want their players to do their best, and I know they work hard."

Kansas- "The coaches sound great, and even though I haven't visited it yet, I am pumped to see it too. I have heard good things about the school and the facilities."

Maryland- "They were my first offer, and I like their jerseys too. I have checked out their school online, and it looks pretty neat. I like how they run their D."

Middle Tennessee State- "I have a buddy that plays safety there, and he really likes the school. I had fun on my visit and I might want to check it out again."

Foreman will play safety his senior year, but that does not mean that is where he will play at the next level.

"UNC and KU like me at linebacker," he said. "So if I end up at either of those schools than I might play in the front 7. I am open to playing anywhere."

To date, every program in Foreman's final five has extended a scholarship offer, with the exception of North Carolina – though he said the coaches indicated one could be coming soon. Top Stories