Bucknuts Fan Club Chat Transcript - Curt Lukens

We had North Canton Hoover ATH and OSU commitment Curt Lukens in the Bucknuts Fan Club chat today. Here is a transcript.

Kirk L.  (Jul 16, 2002 2:14:45 PM)
Thanks to Curt for joining us!

Kirk L. (Jul 16, 2002 2:15:42 PM)
To start off, I want to ask Curt -- was OSU the offer you wanted all along? Did you always know you would commit if offered?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:16:22 PM)
yeah i was going to commit as soon as osu offered

Hubbard (Jul 16, 2002 2:14:42 PM)
Curt you've obviously worked hard this off season, what have you done to get stronger, faster, etc?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:17:10 PM)
track season helped a lot for my speed and i hit the weight room hard

nbuck (Jul 16, 2002 2:16:17 PM)
curt,did you train for the camp to get offered by the bucks?meaning do you do anything special to prepare for camp to show your skills?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:18:28 PM)
no i just go in there and do as best as i can and hopefully the coaches like what they see

Kirk L. (Jul 16, 2002 2:18:44 PM)
Curt, what position do you plan on playing at OSU? Are they recruiting you for any position in particular? Did they leave the door open to play multiple positions?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:20:05 PM)
they are not sure what position they are going to put me at yet its between ss, fs, olb, and wr. i will play where ever i can play the quickest.

DaveInReynburg (Jul 16, 2002 2:19:47 PM)
would you consider yourself a 100% lock as a recruit now, or could another school talk you into taking a visit?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:20:48 PM)
no i'm a buckeye, that is the only place i want to go to.

nbuck (Jul 16, 2002 2:19:50 PM)
did anyone else stand out a camp with you that you could see as a football player

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:22:29 PM)
there was a lot of talent at the osu senior camp, i was really impressed with Prescott and Tony Gonzo

DaveInReynburg (Jul 16, 2002 2:21:43 PM)
of those positions, do you have experience at any of them? Which position would you feel most comfortable with? Which position would be your favorite?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:24:00 PM)
i play reciever and linebacker now but i want to play free safety or strong safety at osu. i haven't played those positions but i am ready for the challenge of learning them.

nbuck (Jul 16, 2002 2:23:48 PM)
who recruited you from osu,and what were your impressions of coach tressel[ loaded question]

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:25:57 PM)
Coach Bollman recruits my area and Coach Tressel was the most impressive college coach i've met through the recruiting process. he is a great players coach.

DaveInReynburg (Jul 16, 2002 2:24:56 PM)
you seemed to jump up as a surprise to many that follow recruiting. Was getting the offer as big of a surprise to you, or did you think you had it in the bag?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:27:45 PM)
no i didnt think i had it in the bag because of the limited scholarships. i thought they would wait to see my senior year, but i am happy with their offer.

Hubbard (Jul 16, 2002 2:24:57 PM)
Do you visit the internet sites such as Bucknuts.com often?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:26:35 PM)
i've been there a few times.

Hubbard (Jul 16, 2002 2:27:29 PM)
How's your team looking for this upcoming season?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:28:36 PM)
we have got a lot of starters returning and if we remain focused we can go a long way this season.

nbuck (Jul 16, 2002 2:27:31 PM)
do you have any teamate's who could be considered div 1 player's now or in the future?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:29:38 PM)
yeah we have got about 3 or 4 other guys on our team who are div. 1 players and with good senior seasons great things could happen for them.

Kirk L. (Jul 16, 2002 2:30:20 PM)
What school was the runner-up? Did you have in your mind where you might go if OSU didn't offer?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:30:46 PM)
either penn state or pitt

nbuck (Jul 16, 2002 2:30:59 PM)
what are your current stat's and how large do you feel you could be by senoir season at osu?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:32:22 PM)
last year i had 130 tackles, 10 sacks, and i caught 50 passes for 970 yards. by my senior season i hope to be about 220/225.

DaveInReynburg (Jul 16, 2002 2:31:17 PM)
what are you most looking foreward to at OSU (both football and not football)?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:33:21 PM)
i am looking forward to winning a national championship and getting my degree.

DaveInReynburg (Jul 16, 2002 2:32:04 PM)
pitt seems to be recruiting real hard here in Ohio this year. What is making them so attractive to players?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:34:55 PM)
they have got great facilities and a good coaching staff.

Hubbard (Jul 16, 2002 2:33:11 PM)
What do you plan to major in at tOSU?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:35:25 PM)
business/marketing

nbuck (Jul 16, 2002 2:34:01 PM)
who are your favorite pro player's?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:36:36 PM)
Jack Tatum is my favorite all-time player along with Brian Bosworth. John Lynch is my favorite active player.

DaveInReynburg (Jul 16, 2002 2:35:16 PM)
do the players you spoke to seem to be more focused on winning the B10, going to a BCS, or winning the national champ?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:37:17 PM)
All of the above

Kirk L. (Jul 16, 2002 2:38:09 PM)
What was the recruiting process like for you? Did you enjoy it or are you glad it is over?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:38:47 PM)
i enjoyed meeting a lot of coaches and players, but glad that it is over and i am a buckeye

MrBucknuts (Jul 16, 2002 2:38:27 PM)
Hey Curt: A lot of people don't know your "style". Who would you say you resemble (or would like to...) of college or NFL players?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:39:37 PM)
Everybody tells me i remind them of Jack Lambert.

Kirk L. (Jul 16, 2002 2:40:37 PM)
He had ugly teeth but was a heck of a player. :)

Hubbard (Jul 16, 2002 2:39:27 PM)
What number are you hoping for in college?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:41:02 PM)
14, but i think the kicker has that

MrBucknuts (Jul 16, 2002 2:41:29 PM)
What high-profile players will you face this year who should be Div 1 recruits?

Kirk L. (Jul 16, 2002 2:42:27 PM)
and who do you think is the best player you've played against so far at Hoover?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:43:59 PM)
Zac Slates from Perry is very good, Zwick, Jordan, and Crable are all good from Massilion, but Jay Rohr from Jackson was probably the best player I have faced.

Hubbard (Jul 16, 2002 2:42:14 PM)
Do you plan on pulling a "zwick" and becoming a recruiter yourself?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:46:21 PM)
Yeah I will be a recruiter if i have to to get the best players down at osu.

DaveInReynburg (Jul 16, 2002 2:44:03 PM)
what teams would you like to play against during your time at OSU(outside of the B10)?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:46:58 PM)
I would love to play the Florida schools.

MrBucknuts (Jul 16, 2002 2:46:24 PM)
Who do you know on the team now? Who have you met?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:48:46 PM)
I know Zwick, Fox, Everett, Downing, Graef, and a few other players.

Kirk L. (Jul 16, 2002 2:49:20 PM)
What are some of the things you like to do off-the-field in your spare time?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:50:02 PM)
I like to work out, hang out with my friends, and go fishing every once in a while.

Kirk L. (Jul 16, 2002 2:50:52 PM)
What are some of your goals for this upcoming season, both personally and team-wise?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:51:50 PM)
Personally I want to be all state again and win the federal league and hopefully the state championship.

DaveInReynburg (Jul 16, 2002 2:51:17 PM)
give us a sample workout that you do. Cardio, lifiting, etc.

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:54:37 PM)
Well today our team ran eight 40's, eight 20's, eight 100's, four 200's, and two 400's. Then I squated and did cleans and other auxiliary lifts. Then tonight at about 6 I will go catch passes and work on db drills.

Hubbard (Jul 16, 2002 2:52:47 PM)
Are you familiar with OSU's traditions (such as Script Ohio, Hineygate and all the others) and if so which ones are your favorite?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:56:18 PM)
Yeah i am familiar with them, but my favorite is the All American Buckeye Trees outside the stadium

Kirk L. (Jul 16, 2002 2:56:51 PM)
How did your friends and family react to the news that you were going to be a Buckeye? Are there a lot of big OSU fans up there?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:57:46 PM)
Everyone up here is a huge OSU fan and everyone was really excited for me.

DaveInReynburg (Jul 16, 2002 2:58:33 PM)
where are you in the gpa/test score side right now?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 2:59:05 PM)
i have a 3.0 and scored a 19 on my ACT

Kirk L. (Jul 16, 2002 2:59:57 PM)
After you commit, what is the next step from the OSU coaches? What do they tell you to do from here?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 3:01:25 PM)
Well they cant call me but I call them about every week just to talk football and keep in touch and i will be attending all the home games this year.

MrBucknuts (Jul 16, 2002 3:01:20 PM)
We always pick out special songs for our guests on the Bucknuts Radio Hour. Brady Quinn was "The Mighty Quinn" (as an example). What song - or what group - do you want for your musical introduction?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 3:03:33 PM)
Welcome to the Jungle- Guns N' Roses

luke (Jul 16, 2002 3:04:04 PM)
I change my mind its Phill Collins- In the Air Tonight

Hubbard (Jul 16, 2002 3:04:39 PM)
I liked guns and roses personally

DaveInReynburg (Jul 16, 2002 3:04:39 PM)
what is football camp like? In my mind I imagine it as a giant tryout with a lot of pressure? did it seem that way for you or was it more of an educational experience about football in general?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 3:06:42 PM)
you just go into the camps to do your best and dont go to try to impress the coaches. The Ohio State Camp was a great learning experience. Coach Tucker taught me a lot about safety.

MrBucknuts (Jul 16, 2002 3:04:33 PM)
Did you talk to other recruiting gurus (other than Duane Long)?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 3:08:10 PM)
yes, Duane and MaCalister and Forbs

Kirk L. (Jul 16, 2002 3:08:17 PM)
yes, Duane and MaCalister and Forbs

DaveInReynburg (Jul 16, 2002 3:08:31 PM)
have you paid any attention to where the gurus rank you?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 3:09:24 PM)
No, if they dont see you in person then they dont know how you can really play.

Kirk L. (Jul 16, 2002 3:10:15 PM)
To close it out, if there was one thing you wanted OSU fans to know about you, what would it be?

luke (Jul 16, 2002 3:10:56 PM)
That I am going to come to play and play hard

Kirk L. (Jul 16, 2002 3:12:00 PM)
We want to thank Curt for joining us today! Curt, best of luck and thanks again for coming to chat with us!

Hubbard (Jul 16, 2002 3:11:39 PM)
thanks Curt it's been fun

DaveInReynburg (Jul 16, 2002 3:11:59 PM)
thanks for your time, look forward to seeing you on the field

luke (Jul 16, 2002 3:12:26 PM)
Thanks I am looking forward to being a Buckeye


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