This spring San Jose State introduced a hybrid defensive end position to its defense and they are actively looking to stock up on talent to fit the role in the future. With senior Isaiah Irving ready to fit that position this season, a junior college addition may be what the team needs most.
The Spartans recently offered 6-foot-3 and 250-pound JuCo prospect Anthony Luke out of American River College to potentially fill that role.
“I used to play running back and linebacker in high school, so I can move around and be agile for a defensive lineman,” Luke said. “I can drop back and use my old positions to put into D-Line. I’m getting much better with my technique. Last year was my first year playing D-Line, so now I’m getting better.”
Luke is ready to transfer this December with three years to play two. He has offers from Iowa State, Utah and Youngstown State. He has been drawing additional interest from the Pac-12 and UCF.
After his offer, Luke took an unofficial visit to SJSU. There he learned more about how the Spartans could utilize his skills in that hybrid position.
“The visit was really fun,” Luke said. “I had a good time. I met all the coaches and saw all the facilities. I really like it. The practice field stood out to me. Coach Sacks told me that’s where the Panthers and Broncos practiced and they got to keep it.
“They were showing me the position and the drop-backs. I love it. I used to play linebacker so I can make plays all over the field. I’m used to switching things up. I think I can fit any defense. I’ve been playing football for a long time.”
Luke is still early in his recruiting process, but did identify San Jose State for recruiting his hometown Sacramento area well in recent years. He also noted his relationship with SJSU Defensive Line Coach Barry Sacks as a highlihgt in his recruitment.
“I love Coach Sacks,” Luke said. “He is a great guy. Me and him really connect. He’s one of the top guys I think I’d like playing for. He makes me feel like I belong… They are up and coming. I think San Jose State is going to be good in these next couple years coming up.