Getting to Know: Luke Muncie

Luke Muncie

The LSU staff landed the commitment of Luke Muncie in a hurry, offering the Lone Star State talent and receiving a commitment one day later. As he prepares to head to LSU, TSD.com caught up with Muncie for this Getting to Know feature.

Luke Muncie

 

Position – OLB

Current Size and Speed – 6-3, 225

High School – Klein Oak High

City/State – Spring, Texas

Other major offers – Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State

Scout.com Position Ranking – No. 35 (***)

 

Muncie started his high school football days as a safety, but his growing body, coupled with the ability to move in open space and play pass coverage, made him a clear candidate to fill an outside linebacker role in college.

By the end of his junior year college coaches from across the country had come to Klein Oak High to recruit Muncie. From the Big 10 there was Michigan and Ohio State. Out of his birth state, the Big 12 saw scholarships handed down from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.

The nearby SEC schools, LSU and Arkansas, both came calling. Yet prior to spring practices during the 2009 calendar year, Muncie made the final call, which he never wavered from.

 

On choosing LSU… “It just made sense for a bunch of different reasons. The school is close to home. The environment is one of the best in college football. The program is in position to compete for national titles. The coaches are amazing guys. The alumni in my area are huge. The list goes on. Once the offer came I knew where I wanted to play.”

How the commitment played out… “[Former running backs coach and recruiting coordinator] Larry Porter recruited me to LSU, and by the time he left I had been long committed. He had come down a week before they offered (April 2009) and he talked to me about LSU and we watched film. It was then that my coach told me LSU was high on me. That Friday I was sitting in the training room getting work done on my hamstring and Porter called and put Miles on. Miles offered, and by Saturday I was in Baton Rouge and committed. It took about three days for everything to happen.”

If not LSU, then who… “My second choice was Oklahoma. I liked them for a lot of the same reasons I liked LSU. There is a great chance of winning at both places.”

On what set the schools apart… “I went up for a visit to OU early in my junior year and there were some things I didn’t like. The campus was small, plus it was six hours away. I am more of a city person, and Baton Rouge has that. It’s just a totally different environment.”

On his position in college… “Coach Chavis is set on me playing strongside outside linebacker. As of now every person wants to hear about playing time, but I think it’s a real possibility. I am going up against two guys in Tahj Jones and Stefoin Francois that don’t have a lot of experience. If I get in there and show that I can play then there is a chance that I could get myself into the mix on Saturdays next fall.”

His current body size… “I am up to 225 pounds after playing at 210 last season. The workout book from LSU came and I have stayed on top of it. Coach Chavis talked about Harry Coleman playing the position at a lighter weight, so I will probably end up shedding about 10 pounds during the season. I am definitely carrying the weight well, though. I ran a 4.51 laser-timed 40-yard dash just the other day. The speed is still there.”

On his first season at outside linebacker… “The transition from safety worked out for me. I was an All-State selection, but there are still things I need to work on. The pass drops, the different stances and new slides. Working from a 45-degree angle instead of straight back changes the idea of lateral pursuit completely.”

On working off the field… “I picked up a personal trainer to get me through the year before I head to college, and that’s where a lot of this weight has come from. I train every day of the week now.”

When he’s not playing football… “On Wednesdays my friends and I play in a softball league. It’s a lot of fun to get out and still swing the bat. I played baseball my entire life, but I had to cut it short in high school because I had surgery on my elbow. I can’t throw like I used to. I had to switch to hitting people.”

On movie nights… “It’s definitely anything but scary movies. The horror stuff is something I am just not a fan of. I like to sleep at night. When my friends want to go see those movies, I just stay home.”

On crunch time in June… “I graduate on June 5th and report to LSU the same day. I am literally going to walk across the stage, say my goodbyes, hop in a car and head to Baton Rouge.”

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