After watching Luke Lachey play basketball during the early season, I needed a better look, because he is developing into one of the better tight end prospects in the Class of 2020. Really glad that I made to trip to Columbus last night.
Luke plays tight end for the Grandview Heights football team. At 6’6-205, and years of AAU basketball, along with his high basketball team, Luke is starting to give football more and more thought. A starter at Grandview Heights as a 9th grader, both the team and he have experienced much success. Football has been good to him, as well.
Last fall he had something like 40 catches for 375 yards and 14 TD’s. He spent most of his time as a wide out. Not fast enough to play there in college. See him as a movable tight end. Athletic and really good hands. Will need to get bigger/stronger faster. Luke has not had the time to kill the weight room.
With offers from Michigan State, Kentucky, and Iowa State, and some others, he is thinking football, more and more. For me, he could play college basketball, but it would have to be the right fit. Already getting football offers and some love from Ohio State, of course, college football has drawn his interest.
Speaking of Ohio State, his dad is Jim who had a great career at Ohio State and went on to be an ALL-NFL. I remembered his dad during his playing days at St. Henry, Ohio. Jim’s first love was basketball, but he did fairly well playing football. (humor)
Last night, he ran the court well. Played some tough defense. Collected 12 rebounds. Really like his quiet leadership. Also some emotion after some good plays. Does not vertical well, but reaches the high point well. Strength will improve vertical.
Long strider in football. Excellent concentration. Strong hands. Long and can get up for the football. Willing to block on the outside. Will get fast enough. As I mentioned earlier, he will have to be committed to getting stronger.
Reminds me of Keystone tight end, C J Conrad, who went on to have a super career at Kentucky and now is waiting for the NFL draft. Luke could be used in much the same way in college.
Rumor has it that Luke may skip AAU basketball this summer. Just a rumor. Wants to focus on getting stronger. Whatever he chooses, I still believe he has a future in Power Five football.