Four-Star Tight end Luke Lachey Enjoys Hawkeye Official

June 23, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Luke Lachey arrived here this weekend for his official visit knowing Iowa ranked as one of the nation’s top programs for developing his position. He left town with a better understanding for the personal side.

The tight end from Grandview Heights (OH) High connected with freshman quarterback Spencer Petras, his host, along with offensive coordinator/position coach Brian Ferentz and Kirk Ferentz, the head coach.

Following the stop, the Hawkeyes appear well-positioned.

“I feel really good about them and have them high on my list,” Lachey told HN.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pounder officially visited Michigan State this week. He has not scheduled any more officials at this point.

“I am not sure if I will or not. I don’t have a set date for my decision yet, either,” he said.

Lachey has visited West Virginia. He also reported offers from the Mountaineers along with Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Louisville, Maryland, Nebraska, Wisconsin and others.

The 247 network rates him as a four-star recruit and the No. 5 tight end nationally in the ’20 cycle. Rivals sees him as a three-star and 28th best player in Ohio.

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It could come down to a Big Ten battle between Iowa and Michigan State. While in East Lansing, quarterback Rocky Lombardi, a West Des Moines (IA) Valley High graduate, played host to him on his official visit. They bonded.

The same could be said for this weekend in Iowa City with Petras taking the reins.

“He’s a great guy and he’s really funny. He was very helpful with answering some of the questions I had,” Lachey said.

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“I liked a lot about the visit, but I’d say I liked being able to meet with both Kirk and Brian Ferentz in meetings. Also, I really like being able to meet some of the other commits.”

Lachey spent most of this time with Brian Ferentz, who helped develop tight ends T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant, both taken in the first round of April’s NFL Draft.

“I thought real highly of him. I’ve heard from a lot of people about how good of a coach he is,” Lachey said.

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Brian Ferentz expressed to Lachey how much he wanted him in the Iowa program.

“His message for me was that he thinks I could really succeed and develop at Iowa, and could help out the team,” Lachey said.

The Hawkeyes hold one verbal commitment from a tight end in the ’20 class in the form of Texas four-star Elijah Yelverton, who also officially visited this weekend. They would like to add at least one more player at the position in this cycle.

Here’s a look at Lachey’s junior highlights:

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