After just an okay first half, Grandview Heights Luke Lachey played basketball liked I had expected him to play last Saturday. A very good basketball player, but also a scholarship football player. Plus, excellent student and great “kid.”
Luke is a 6’6-210 athlete who plays both basketball and football at Grandview Heights High school in Columbus. He ran the court well. Hustled for loose balls. Played tough defense. “More of banger,” but has a nice touch on his shot. Liked him on the court, but I am a football guy.
Luke has received 8 football offers, including UC, UK, Iowa State, and Toledo, according to his dad. Jim Lachey. Basketball offers are just beginning and really believe that he will be getting more, as the season progresses.
He plays wide receiver for Grandview Heights. At 6’6, he out stretches defenders. He does not have the speed or burst to play wide receiver on the next level. Good hands. Can make catches in a crowd. But lacks the top speed to play wide receiver on an UC level team. But would do well as a tight end.
Really like him as a tight end. Will catch the ball in the seam. At 6’6-210, he has the frame to add weight/strength/speed. Could see him at 235 pounds. Always going to be athletic. Believe that he could also be a moveable tight end.
Watching him play hoops, he has the choir boy look, but the competitiveness and toughness to be a tight end. Also saw good competitive speed getting up and down the court. Also saw some burst getting to the rim. Again – I like his toughness.
When I first saw Luke as a freshman, all talk was basketball. And that talk continues, but football is at least mentioned now. He brother James is a scholarship football player at Bowling Green. His dad Jim was an All-American at Ohio State and went on to an NFL player for the Chargers and Redskins. Ironically. his dad’s favorite sport at St Henry High School was basketball.
I really like his potential to be a college tight end. Would run well enough. Good hands. Underneath his calmness, he has that tough competitiveness.
Basketball is important to him. So I could see him playing hoops on the next level. Plays on a very good AAU team out of Columbus. Playing AAU , limits his time to get stronger and add weight.
I have not evaluated all of the tight ends in the Ohio Class of 2020, but Luke will be an MSR Watch List guy. UC, Iowa State, and Toledo see the same potential growth that I do.