Luck Cuts His List to Six

The slow but steady recruiting story of Andrew Luck has momentarily hit the fast-forward button, with the Houston (Tex.) Stratford quarterback cutting his lengthy school list to six finalists. The four-star slinger reveals his newly trimmed set of suitors and his plans to camp at some of them this month. Luck also comments on his spring ball, recruiting timeline, the Stanford application and more.

Andrew Luck has not given a wealth of information forecasting the process or timeline of his college commitment, but he did consistently say this spring that when spring football and the spring semester at Houston (Tex.) Stratford High School concluded, he would take a step forward with his list of college suitors.  First, Luck had his attention tuned to a busy month of practices for the Spartans.

"Spring is done.  It was very productive.  We got a lot of work done for our team," he reports.  "We should be pretty good.  Hopefully we will go to the playoffs and win district next year."

"Everybody has gotten very familiar - the receivers and the linemen - with ourselves.  That's very good," Luck continues.  "Just being around all the players for a month straight and practicing football in live pads is excellent.  The familiarity between people has gotten a lot better."

Stratford last fall was a perfect 7-0 in their district and won 10 games overall, dropping their season opener and a one-point heartbreaker in the playoffs.  The Spartans were prolific on offense in 2006, averaging just a shade under 400 yards and 30 points per game.

"I hope we can be as good as last year's offense because we were very good, but I think we are going to have a little more confidence," Luck allows.  "Not cockiness, but confidence.  We saw what the offense did last year and know that we have all the capability of doing that again this year."

Individually, it was a productive spring for the heralded 6'3" quarterback as well.

"I thought I got a lot better with my feet," says Luck.  "I know I have a lot of work to do in every area of my game, but I thought I improved with my footwork."

It recruited nimble work for Luck to keep up with a school list this spring that included multiple offers each from the Big 12, Big 10, ACC, SEC and Pac-10.  With May now closed, he has trimmed his focus to six schools.

"In no particular order: Purdue, Northwestern, Stanford, UVA, Alabama and Rice," Luck reports.  "Nothing taking anything away from any other school, but I felt like at those six schools I have good relationships talking with the coaches.  They're all personable.  They have great academic institutions with Division I football.  That's a big deal."

The next phase for the four-star quarterback recruit is to attend camps this month at his finalists.

"Maybe not all of them," he qualifies.  "I'm not sure about all of the camps.  I would like to go to as many as possible.  I know for a fact that I'm going to Northwestern and Stanford.  I went to a Purdue one last year, so I got a good look at that.  Rice is basically in my background.  Alabama, I'm trying to go to, but we'll see what happens with our family summer plans."

"I think it's a great opportunity to see how the coaches coach, how they interact with players and how you're taught at whatever school," Luck explains of the camp plans.  "It's a good measuring stick."

The next question, of course, asks if Luck will be prepared for a college commitment following these test drives of his favorite coaching staffs.

"Maybe.  Maybe not.  It all depends on how I feel," he answers.  "I don't know.  It could be this summer.  It could be after the season.  If something feels right at the time, then I'll do it when that happens."

Keeping right in line with his attitude and approach throughout the past year, this is one quarterback recruit carrying a remarkably relaxed approach to his timeline.  Most of his peers at his position in the Class of 2008 have been moving at a breakneck speed toward the earliest possible college decision.  Luck has carried the weight on his shoulder of offers including not only his finalists but also the likes of Florida State, LSU, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Cal, and he is currently rated as one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the nation by Scout.com, five of whom have already wrapped their recruitments.  Still he remains in control and patient with the process.

"Well, I try to stay away from the attention a little bit.  I think if you're around it too much, it starts to get in your head.  That's not good when that happens," Luck explains.  "I try to take the relaxed approach.  I know you can get very wound up in it and end up putting a lot of pressure on yourself with stuff, but I try not to do that."

Meanwhile, the Houston standout is keeping up communications with the Cardinal and Jim Harbaugh.

"I'm just talking with Coach [Andy] Buh every once in a while," the recruit reports.  "I have a good relationship with Coach Harbaugh.  He's a great coach who is very personable and energetic.  We have talked on the phone a few times with recruiting talk.  I guess it's a good relationship."

"I think the camp will be a great measuring stick with the coaching staff.  See if I feel comfortable there," he comments on the Cardinal.  "They have a great academic institution."

Keeping Stanford among his finalists means that Luck will also move forward with the school's admissions application process.  That packet of materials has been recently sent to the Stratford student-athlete, who is ranked #1 in his class of 500 and scored a 1900 on his sophomore SAT.

"One is either in the mail or at my house," he shares.  "Coach Buh said that he sent one out in the mail last week, so it should be here by now."

"It'll be interesting [laughs].  I guess it'll be a good thing," Luck says of filling out the application.  "We haven't really talked about the timetable.  I'll probably learn about that when it arrives and I call him about it."

In the next few weeks, Andrew Luck will take important steps toward his college decision with camping stops at Stanford and a few of his other finalists.  Stay tuned for news and reactions after those experiences with the four-star slinger.


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