IE Breakdown: Cole Luke

The skill set Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton defensive back Cole Luke will bring to Notre Dame is extremely high. We take an in-depth look at Luke as we get closer to National Signing Day.

GENERAL BREAKDOWN

HT – WT – SPEED: Listed at 6-foot-0, 170-pounds, Cole Luke has the physical size you want to see from a high level prospect projected in the secondary. With his frame, Notre Dame fans should see strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo work his magic in the coming years adding another 15-20 pounds without Luke suffering any loss of speed or quickness.

QUICKNESS – AGILITY – BALANCE: This is the area Luke rates extremely high as he shows great body control and movement skills, along with a great burst from one point to another on the field.

STRENGTH: For a player in the secondary we're looking more for the ability to recoil in the upper and lower body and Cole shows both. While he'll get the needed work to improve his brute strength, Luke has the tools needed to become a very explosive player.

BODY FLEXIBILITY: Luke shows above average flexibility and is able to adjust his body to get in the proper positions on the field.

PRODUCTION: Luke is a high level producer on both sides of the field in high school. At the next level Luke shows the early sign of being able to produce results on his own or within a scheme.

ON THE FIELD

All the tools are there for Luke to perform at a high level. He brings quick feet, showing the ability to mirror receivers, and his backpedal is quick and balanced. His ability to flip his hips, turn and run out of his backpedal is above average, giving him the ability to play man-to-man. Where Luke brings an added bonus is his ability to support the run, as he can press a receiver and quickly transition into run mode.

Luke is not afraid of contact and plays physical in pass defense as well as run defense. This will allow him to be an every down corner in college.

OVERALL

All the film watched from this past season left no doubt Luke has the skills needed to play at a high level if he remains healthy. Add in his ability to play the ball in the air like a receiver and Irish fans could be looking at defender capable of turning an interception into points on the scoreboard. We would not be surprised if Luke is pushing for playing time on the field in some capacity next fall as he also could be looked as a punt return or other area on special teams.


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