UNC Coaches Impress Lueders

Reflecting on his spring break visit to North Carolina a couple weeks back, Blake Lueders says he was most impressed by UNC's coaching staff.

"I really liked the coaches," Lueders said. "You can tell that Coach [Butch] Davis and Coach [John] Blake, they obviously really know what they're doing; they're great coaches; [and] they get players in the NFL. North Carolina seems like an up-and-coming program."

During his day and a half stay, Lueders watched a UNC spring practice session and toured the campus. For much of the visit, the Zionsville (Ind.) native was hosted by junior tight end Zack Pianalto.

Originally, UNC recruited Lueders as a tight end. However, the 6-foot-5, 245-pounder discovered during the visit that the staff now projects him as a defensive end.

"Some schools originally said tight end, but now all schools are looking at me more on the defensive side," Lueders said. "The film I sent them was defensive film and I guess they just liked that. I have more of a defensive mentality. And I'd prefer to play defense."

Lueders is receiving looks for both defensive end and middle linebacker.

Lueders says following the visit, UNC is "right in the mix" and is one of the schools in his "top six." The other five include Boston College, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Wake Forest.

"[The schools in my top six] all have a great combination of academics and football; and that's really what I'm looking for," Lueders said.

Lueders, who doesn't claim a leader, has visited all six schools at least once.

"They were kind of my favorites before [I visited them], but going to them reaffirmed [those feelings]," Lueders said.

Also on his spring break, Lueders dropped by Wake Forest. This past weekend, he visited Stanford. Earlier this spring, he unofficially visited Indiana, Northwestern, Notre Dame, and Purdue. Last summer he attended one-day camps at Boston College, Indiana, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt.

Lueders will return to Boston College this coming weekend and will conclude his spring campus tour with a May visit to Northwestern.

For his verbal commitment, Lueders has a self-imposed end-of-summer deadline.

"Hopefully, [I'll commit] sooner – like over the summer," Lueders said. "I'm trying to speed it up."

Before making a verbal commitment, Lueders says he might take a couple more visits. However, he won't participate in any camps this summer.

Lueders is up to 16 scholarship offers, with Michigan and Minnesota being the most recent additions.

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