Focus 2007 - QB Luke Hockaday

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound junior from the state of Illinois put up incredible numbers last season and college recruiters are starting to take notice.

Luke Hockaday is one of the most talked about quarterback prospects in the state of Illinois for the class of 2007. And he does not come from a big school in the Chicago area. He is a product of class 2A Moroa-Forsyth in the middle of the state.

"I don't have any scholarship offers yet,"Hockaday said. "Iowa has been sending me a lot of hand-written mail. Coach Erb (receivers and special teams coach Lester Erb) is a great guy and I've had a few conversations with him. Illinois has also been sending hand-written mail. Wisconsin, Purdue, Florida State and Northern Illinois have been steady.

"My favorites are Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, Indiana, North Carolina State and Northern Illinois."

Hockaday was moved up to the varsity as a freshman and split reps with a senior quarterback. He then moved into the starting position and has not looked back.

As a sophomore, Hockaday threw for 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns. This past season, Hockaday opened things up and threw for 2,450 yards and 35 touchdowns. He earned all-state honors.

Hockaday's father is a former quarterback that graduated from Moroa-Forsyth and went on to play his college football at Eastern Illinois. Luke's father is now the offensive coordinator at Moroa-Forsyth and mentor to his son.

Hockaday isn't new to the recruiting game. He started receiving mail early this year and he has already made some campus visits.

"I went to Iowa for a couple of games last year," Hockaday said. "I also went to Missouri for a game. I've been to Illinois for a junior day and I'm going to Purdue this weekend. I'm going to Northern Illinois in two weeks."

Hockaday is also a tremendous student that carries a 4.0 grade-point average in the classroom.

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