Hockaday talks recruiting

Luke Hockaday (6-foot-2, 180 pounds), of Maroa-Forsyth High School in Maroa, Ill., has one scholarship offer. After attending an armload of summer football camps and spring combines, Hockaday is waiting to hear back from schools as other quarterback prospects make their decisions.

Like many quarterback prospects, Luke Hockaday is in a holding pattern with major Division I suitors, waiting to see what the top prospects decide before he knows who will offer him a scholarship.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound class of 2007 signal caller at Maroa-Forsyth High School (Maroa, Ill.), though, does have a scholarship offer from Division I-AA Eastern Illinois.

"Well, I have one offer right now, from Eastern Illinois, so they have got to be showing me the most (interest)," Hockaday said in a telephone interview Thursday. "They want me pretty bad…

"I think Northern Illinois, I think they might be pretty close to offering… We'll see. It's a process."

Hockaday has attended several one-day camps this summer.

"I've had a busy summer," he said. "I went to a bunch of camps. I've been to Indiana, (Missouri), Northern Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Western Michigan and I'm going to Illinois State Sunday…

"I also went to Illinois for a team camp and then they asked me to stay later for their one day. They had a really good receiver come in, so I threw to that guy (Arrelious Benn)."

"They were good," Hockaday said, regarding the camps. "(The coaches) all pretty much said the same thing. They were going to continue recruiting me. They pretty much have got offers out there to the big names and once those guys… if they commit somewhere else then they are going to send out some more offers. And they said that I'm pretty much the next guy in line, so we'll see how it goes…

"They all want to see my first three games, so I'm going to be sending that film out. A lot of them just said that they are going to start calling when the can (beginning Sept. 1)… Just stay in touch with them. We've been shooting e-mails and text back and forth between us, pretty much all the coaches. Just staying in touch right now."

Wisconsin was one of Hockaday's early favorites, but the Badgers' interest in him this spring and summer has been tepid.

"I just get the occasional letter once or twice a week," Hockaday said. "That's about it. I wanted to go up there for a one day. They invited to a one-day camp, but I couldn't make it up there for some reason. So I didn't get a chance to head up there."

Prior to his summer-camp trips, Hockaday attended the Scout.com combine in San Antonio, an Elite 11 quarterback camp in Atlanta, a Nike camp and the Maine South High School combine. His high-school team also competed in a 7-on-7 event at Illinois, taking second place, and they will participate in a 7-on-7 competition next weekend at Eastern Illinois. Maroa-Forsyth has had one team camp in Maroa and will have another one before the summer is up. The school hosts its own 7-on-7 tournament every Wednesday until practice for the 2006 season begins.

"We have high expectations," Hockaday said of the upcoming season. Maroa-Forsyth finished 10-1 last season. "We have everybody coming back. We'll probably be the one or two seeded (team) in state at the beginning of the season. So the community expects a state championship and so do we. So that's definitely our expectation coming in."

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