Incoming Irish: Cole Luke
Cornerback Cole Luke of Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton is a pure defensive back who has the tools and skills to be an elite lock down corner in college. Adding bulk to his frame is one of his priorities as he enrolls at Notre Dame in two weeks. "Three times a week I have been doing the packet," Luke said. "The conditioning is definitely the most challenging part. I've been working mainly on my footwork, ball skills and flexibility. I plan on lifting every day in July. Right now, I'm 6'1", 170 pounds. I will add more by the time camp starts and the season starts." Luke's anticipation to arrive at Notre Dame was duly noted in an interview over the phone with IrishEyes. "I just can't wait to hang out with the guys and get started with academics and school. There is no place like Notre Dame. You just can't beat it. Getting a degree and playing for such a football program is a dream come true. I'm going to major in business." When does Luke plan to play? "Hopefully, I'll get early playing time," Luke said. "I haven't had any serious discussions about it with the coaches, but I'm ready to put in some work in August." Tim O'Malley's initial slotting of Luke: "Unlike fellow freshmen Rashad Kinlaw and Devin Butler, Luke is a natural fit at cornerback, as few schools would consider playing him anywhere but what is obviously his best position. He has a chance to compete for a nickel cornerback role in 2013 and for the two deep depth chart as well, but supplanting returning starter Bennett Jackson and Keivarae Russell, as well as a healthy Lo Wood would be a tall task if he hits campus in the 170-pound range." As an Arizona native, it's not the Sun Devils that most excites Luke in 2013, but the Wolverines. "The Michigan game at night is going to be crazy," Luke said. "That's definitely the game I'm most looking forward to." Luke was ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 21 cornerback in the final Scout.com rankings for the 2013 class.
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