Joeckel excited while taking in the process

For an athlete like Arlington offensive lineman Luke Joeckel, finding a program may be harder than some would think. With over 10 offers in hand and more to come, the big man on campus has to sift through as many schools as possible before making a decision. And unlike others in his situation, that is what he has decided to do. SoonersIllustrated had a talk with Joeckel for a recruiting update.

No matter what program across the country, it seems like you can never have enough big men on the line. And looking at the offer list of Arlington's Luke Joeckel, it is apparent that several schools would love to have him suit for them in 2010.

At the moment, Joeckel has just been taking all of it in and working the process with precision. He has made many junior day appearances, and there are more to come.

"I have already been to Texas A&M, Oklahoma, SMU, Nebraska for junior days. All of the coaches at those schools were great," Joeckel said. "The next two I have planned are Baylor and Texas Tech."

All of the schools listed have extended an offer to the 6-foot-6, 287-pound Joeckel along with Wisconsin, Arizona, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, and Purdue. But there is no rush decision here as Joeckel plans to take his time.

In fact, there is not even a school that is favored over the other.

"I have no time frame on a commitment. It is really exciting and fun to talk to all of these coaches," Joeckel said. "To know that you can play on the college level feels good. You know, just to know you can keep playing. All of the coaches are recruiting me pretty hard."

As stated, no school stands out amongst the rest, but Joeckel does recall the time when Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops came by on a visit to Arlington. From the way he described it, it seems like a moment that is unforgettable.

"I remember when coach (Bob) Stoops came by the school. It was about two weeks ago," Joeckel said. "Not only were the kids excited that he was there, my (Arlington) coaches were excited as well. He was watching my brother (quarterback Matt Joeckel) and I work out. All of the kids were hitting the weights hard and you could hear them saying, ‘coach Stoops is over there.'"

He said that Stoops' presence resonated throughout the Arlington campus.

"There were teachers talking about I heard Bob Stoops is here," Joeckel said. "I mean, coach Stoops is like a celebrity in the college football coaching world."

This off-season, Joeckel made his way up to Norman to check things out. He had this to report.

"When I was there the campus was nice and the facilities were amazing," Joeckel said. "We did not get to tour the locker rooms because there was renovations going on. But everything was great. At one time, I went into coach Stoops' office and got to look at all of the watches and rings from the championships he has won since he had been there. That scene was amazing. When coach came in there he said that he had watched my tape and offered me on the spot."

At first, when Joeckel began the process some time ago, he always thought that he would make a decision on college prior to the start of his senior season. But since then things have changed. 

Now with the options that are presented before him, he said that it is likely that that will not happen and has no idea of when it will.

In his junior season, the Arlington team went 8-5 making it three rounds deep into the playoffs. Joeckel had 161 knockdowns, 155 pancake blocks, and had an average line score of 89 percent.

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