One of Colorado’s most underappreciated players, running back D.J. Luke of 5A state champs Cherry Creek, made his college decision last week opting to play at Augustana College in Sioux Falls South Dakota. Luke chose the Vikings over offers from Southwestern Oklahoma State, Washburn and Sioux Falls.
Luke, a 5-11 220 power back with good athleticism and surprising speed, was a key component to a Cherry Creek run game. Luke averaged over five yards a carry and was a beast close to the goal line, scoring 16 times. Luke is a very well rounded with the ability to block and catch the ball out of the backfield. Luke, during his career a Cherry Creek shared carries with UCLA freshman standout Nate Starks and 2014 Player of the Year candidate Milo Hall. If Luke was the sole ball carrier during his career he would have put up monster numbers.
Regarding his decision to become a Viking Luke stated, “It was a great decision and it was a great home visit. I really like the coaching staff and the school.” Luke will head to Augustana this weekend for an official visit.
Under recruiting coordinator and receiver coach James Schrenk, Augustana has hit Colorado hard for recruits. Currently the Vikings have seven Colorado natives on the roster. Schrenk, a Greeley native and former Northern Colorado linebacker, has a good sense of the hidden gems Colorado has to offer.