Getting to know Luke Muncie

Klein Oak's Luke Muncie said that when a school like LSU comes calling for your services, the opportunity is tough to pass on. This past Friday, he landed an offer from running backs coach Larry Porter. Less than 48-hours later, Muncie was a Tiger.

Tiger fans might not have been familiar with Luke Muncie before this past weekend.

Of course, there is good reason.

The junior prospect first caught wind of serious interest from the LSU side just two days ago.

“My coach had gotten with me a while back and told me that LSU was after me,” Muncie said. “I had been getting some regular mail from them, but nothing that made me feel like they were seriously looking at me.

“When he told me that I should give them a call, I kind of just let things sit. I did not want to rush anything, and I figured that if they really were that interested they would contact me.”

A couple of weeks later, Porter did just that.

“My coach texted me on Friday and told me that I really needed to call the LSU staff,” he said. “I called up coach Porter and we talked for a bit. At the end of our conversation he told me that LSU wanted to offer me, and it was a complete shock.”

Within 24 hours, Muncie was in Baton Rouge.

“I went home on Friday and talked with my parents about the offer, and we decided that we wanted to get over for the spring game on Saturday,” he said. “We left at about 6:30 a.m. the next day, and we got to campus around noon.”

Thanks to the quick turnaround time, Muncie and his family were able to take in some one-on-one time with head coach Les Miles and his staff on both Saturday and Sunday.

“We did a lot of the normal recruit stuff on Saturday, just touring the campus and seeing the facilities,” he said. “Everything was really nice, and from the moment I stepped onto campus I felt at home. That was what really sold me on the weekend.”

Sunday morning, the Spring High standout made things official.

“I sat down and talked with coach Miles, coach Porter and coach [John] Chavis,” he said. “Everything felt right, so I went ahead and committed.

“I had actually wanted to commit after the game on Saturday, because it all felt right,” he added. “My parents told me to wait off and give it a little more thought, and then I woke up Sunday and decided that I wanted to be a Tiger.”

What about the visit stood out to the 3-star prospect?

“I think that the game showed that the tradition is there, and I hung around the players and just felt at home with it all,” he said. “I grew up playing against Russell Shepard and Craig Loston, and when they sat me down and talked to me it felt like I was with friends.

“We shared some experiences and matched some points of view, and after it was said and done things just felt right.”

While he is labeled as a safety, the junior said that his time at LSU would be spent at linebacker.

“We have a 4-4 defense now, so I roll down as an outside linebacker from the safety spot on pretty much every play,” he said.

“At 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, I am too big to play safety, and I am okay with that. I want to put on more weight, so this will be a great fit.”

Will the commitment be one that Miles and Co. can consider firm through signing day?

“Absolutely, it is said and done,” Muncie said. “The staff said that they were committed to me, and I told them the same.

“LSU has always been a school I have followed, and when I took the visit I just knew that it was where I wanted to be,” he added. “A lot of schools have their ups and downs, but there was just nothing bad to point out at LSU.”

Muncie finished his junior campaign with 80 tackles, four interceptions, nine pass break ups and two forced fumbles.

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