Luke Lachey Likes What He’s Hearing from Hawkeyes

May 22, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Iowa is in the market for tight ends. That perks up the ears of top recruits at the position.

The Hawkeyes are restocking after losing T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant to the NFL, where they were Top 20 overall picks last month. Their reputation at the spot is growing.

“They keep sending me videos of T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant, and saying that they’re Tight End U. I always like looking at that stuff,” 2020 prospect Luke Lachey told HN.

Iowa offered the Columbus (OH) Grandview Heights High tight end a scholarship on May 8. He said it began recruiting him a few months ago.

“It’s really impressive to me,” Lachey said of the Hawkeyes’ successful track record with players at his position. “It does pique my interest because it just shows how well they can develop tight ends. I’m not trying to compare myself to T.J. Hockenson, he’s a great player, but he was about the same weight coming out of high school. Hopefully I can get up to that weight.”

The Hawkeyes are competing with other strong programs for Lachey’s services. He reports offers from LSU, Michigan State, Iowa State, Kentucky, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Minnesota, Louisville and others.

“I’m staying open to all schools and just trying to figure out what they have that I like and what they have that I don’t like. I’m trying to make as many visits as I can,” he said.

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Michigan State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Cincinnati and Kentucky have played host to Lachey on unofficial visits. He’s been working on planning a trip to Iowa and has already set up another unofficial with Michigan State. He also hoped to see Wisconsin, LSU, Penn State and Nebraska.

The hometown Buckeyes are lurking. He plans on camping there on June 6.

“We’ll see what happens. They like how I play. They know I can catch the ball. They just want to see me gain some weight and my blocking skills,” Lachey said.

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College coaches are projecting Lachey (6-6, 220) as a tight end on the next level. He’s hoping to play the position some this season after being utilized as a receiver to date.

Lachey is a well-rounded athlete. He also competes in basketball and runs sprints for his high school track team.

Lachey, who wants to major in Business, is considering multiple factors when choosing a school. He seeks a connection with the coaches and an atmosphere that feels like home.

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“I want to win and I also want to be put in the best place possible for a tight end. So, wherever the tight end gets used the most or how they use them is important,” he said.

Lachey is unsure if he’ll end up releasing a list of top schools. He plans on using his official visits.

“I’m just going to see where things go,” he said.

Here’s a look at his junior highlights:

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