Joeckel Ready to Hit the Road

It's that time where schools around the country are hosting their later junior days, and Arlington High lineman Luke Joeckel is making his plans now. Aggie Websider catches up with the prospect.

When recruiting for the Class of 2010 kicked off in January with the start of junior day events, offers poured in immediately for Arlington High School offensive lineman Luke Joeckel. His twin brother, Matt, is the quarterback for Arlington and while colleges showed interest, those same offers didn't show up immediately. That has now changed with eight scholarship offers now on the table for the signal caller.

"I've been offered by Texas A&M, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Baylor, Minnesota, Houston, Tulsa, and Vanderbilt," Joeckel said. "Other schools like Oklahoma are showing interest as well."

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback has an impressive resume', passing for 3050 yards as a junior and connecting on 29 touchdown passes with only six interceptions. He credits his success to a good offensive line that provides protection and his skill set as a passer and runner.

"It all starts with the offensive line and we have a good one," Joeckel said. "As far as my strengths, I'd say that I have a strong arm and I can make any throw on the field. I also have a good pocket presence and a good sense for when to stay in and wait for my receivers and when to get out and buy more time or run."

After a spring break cruise with the family to Mexico, the Arlington product and his twin brother are ready to hit the recruiting trail again with two unofficial visits set for this weekend.

"We're heading to Oklahoma for a practice on Friday. I've been there before, but I didn't get a chance to really see the campus," Joeckel said. "Then on Saturday we're driving over to Arkansas to see their practice and talk to the coaches."

The Joeckels hope to visit other school on their list before Arlington's spring practice starts up on April 16. One school that will definitely get a visit is Texas A&M. The Aggies offered Luke very early in the process, and extended an offer to Matt over a month ago.

"I talk to the A&M coaches a lot. I just spoke to Coach McMillian (defensive backs coach) and Coach Sherman just the other day. They are recruiting me pretty hard," Joeckel said. "They want both Luke and me to play for them. They are stressing family values and that the team is really coming together as a family."

Joeckel indicated that he has no leaders at the moment and he hasn't narrowed his list down yet. When spring practice concludes on May 25, he'll trim his school list down to a top four or five and will hope to make a decision before his senior season if he is ready.

"I'd like to have it out of the way but only if I'm comfortable with making a choice," Joeckel said. "Many factors will be involved in my decision, but academics will be at the top along with my comfort level with the coaching staff, the success of the program, and facilities."

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