September 16, 2008

Junior OL has Tech ties

Texas Tech already has a defensive lineman on its 2010 commitment list that has family ties to Tech, and last week, they began their official bid to land an offensive lineman with similar ties.

Meet Arlington High offensive lineman Luke Joeckel. Much like Jackson Richards, both of Joeckel's parents attended Tech. However, the massive offensive lineman has an even larger tie to the program.

"My parents actually both went to Tech," he said. "My dad actually played at Tech as well. He was a tackle and a center from 1979-1982 I believe."

Perhaps that explains why Joeckel is so excited about his first offer.

"When Tech offered, man, that was really exciting," he said. "I've always loved Tech, I mean, it's kinda what I grew up with and stuff. I went up to their camp and just loved it. They had great coaches, great facilities, just everything was great. It was fantastic."

However, don't expect the 6-foot-6, 275-pound tackle to give his commitment anytime soon.

"I'm going to wait on all that," he laughed. "I just want to see what all is going to come my way. I love Tech and everything, but I just think it's way too early for me to make that big of a decision."

Joeckel says he hasn't set a date yet, but it could be a while.

"I'm not sure yet, but I'll probably be trying to decide before my senior year," he said. "I don't want to worry about recruiting and stuff during my senior year, I want to be able to focus on my senior year and on my team."

One reason he might be looking to focus on his team is that if he is not focused on the task at hand, it tends to have an averse affect on one of his family members.

"I actually have a twin brother Matt that plays quarterback for us, so I'm kind of in charge of protecting him I guess," he laughed. "He's like 6-foot-4, 220-pounds or so. I guess I just kinda started eating more at some point. I don't know quite how to explain that. He's getting a ton of attention too, though. Pretty much all the interest I've received, he has as well."

Joeckel is looking forward to protecting his brother this season, and is certainly focused on the task at hand after having his season cut short last year.

"I started my first three games last year," he said. "But then I got mixed up in a pile-up and ended up breaking my tibia, so I missed the rest of the year. But I'm all good now, and I can't explain how excited I am to be playing football right now. I'm excited about it."

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