Offensive lineman Luke Fortner could be surprise in 2016 recruiting class

Luke Fortnter with UK coaches Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow and John Schlarman.

Luke Fortnter with UK coaches Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow and John Schlarman.

By LARRY VAUGHT

He’s a physical player who was ranked among the top 70 offensive linemen in the country when he signed with Kentucky in February.

Yet 6-6, 305-pound Luke Fortner was often overlooked in UK’s signing class because of the hype that went to in-state offensive linemen signees Landon  Young and Drake Jackson.

Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman is thrilled to have the Ohio offensive lineman  joining the Wildcats. He’s not only an honor roll student, but he also played center on the basketball team.

“Luke is very versatile. He could play any of the three positions. We will probably thinking more of a center-guard guy but he is athletic enough to play tackle,” Schlarman said. “He is smart. He picks up on things quickly. He also plays basketball, so that tells you is a very athletic young man.

“He is overshadowed, but some of that now is guys are overshadowed if they don’t go to a lot of camps and combines and he has not done a lot of that type thing. For the most part, he just stays at school and works hard. He doesn’t do a lot of traveling.

“But I am excited about him. He could be one of the guys that ends up surprising a lot of people just because he has not got as much attention as other guys.”

 

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