Mizzou Trying its 'Luck' with Blue Chip QB?

His father played backup for Warren Moon, he scored a 1300 on his SATs, and has straight As through high school. He also threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior at his Texas high school. It's no wonder, then, why Missouri would want a total-package type of kid like Andrew Luck on the roster come 2008.


Luck, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder from Houston who holds 15 scholarship offers -- including seven of the Big 12 schools -- picked up his most recent offer last week from Mizzou.

However, despite the successful turnout of Mizzou's current Texan quarterback Chase Daniel, Luck appears to be a longshot for MU at this point.

"I'm not trying to exclude somebody," said Luck, "It's a good school. I'm just not sure it's the right fit for me."

With that said, Luck is not narrowing down his list. He plans to make his decision before his high school season starts, or at the end of the season.

"I don't see it coming too soon," he emphasized.

Though he has not visited Missouri, Luck said that he is "very aware of when they play, because they are in the Big 12." However, since Missouri recently appeared on his radar, Luck said he is not sure what he thinks of the Tigers.

Luck lists his highest interest in Stanford, Purdue, Northwestern, Alabama and Virginia, and lists the rest of his suitors as medium interest. He modestly explained that he does not feel that any school is chasing after him particularly hard.

"I try to model myself after Peyton [Manning]," the rising senior told InsideMizzou. "I dunno if my game compares to him at all, though." He plans to spend the summer improving his footwork. "I recently ran a 4.71 40 [yard dash time]. I wish I could say 4.6," he said.

Luck considers teammate Jimmy Burge, another Missouri recruit, a very close friend, but does not anticipate a 'package deal' type of situation. "If we do, that would be awesome," he said. "If it ends up where we both feel comfortable, great."

Luck recently participated in the Elite 11 Combine at local Texas Christian University a month ago, and has plans to go to football camps at Northwestern and Stanford over the summer. "Two or three more camps, maybe," he added.

Luck likely appeared on Missouri's wishlist after Missouri prospect Blaine Gabbert's recent pledge to in-conference foe Nebraska. Though Nebraska and Mizzou both have offered Luck a scholarship, the signal caller said that he does not pay much attention to recruitment of other players.

"I try not to get too deep into it. Sometimes it's a little uncomfortable," he said. "But it's a great process, and I've been blessed being in a great situation."

That said, Luck hopes to lead his Stratford High School to a state title in his last year there. First, though, he hopes "that we make the playoffs. Defensively, Jimmy [Burge] and the crew are gonna be good," he said.

Without an early commitment, Luck will focus this summer on general conditioning. He also looks forward to the Texas 7-on-7 league, which he described as "playing a game of touch football, but it's competitive and organized. It's a lot of fun."

Burge appears to be considering MU very closely, but it looks like his highly touted teammate is unlikely to join him despite the recent offer. Anything is possible, though, and Missouri may make its presence better known before Luck makes his decision.

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