After losing their first game last season, the Douglas County Huskies went on a 13-0 run culminating in a state championship win over Mullen High School. In the win over Mullen, the Huskies only surrendered thirteen points to a Mullen squad that was scoring nearly thirty-five points a game. One of the keys to the defensive effort not only for that game but the entire season was linebacker Luke Diehl. Diehl who currently has offers from Wyoming, Colorado State and Kansas State, brings an advanced knowledge of the recruiting process and what it will take to play at the next level due to the fact that both of his older brothers are playing D1 ball. Oldest brother Adam is a linebacker at Wyoming while brother Ross is a linebacker at Kansas State. Running in the 4.6 range and boasting a squat of 600 pounds, Diehl has a skill set that should continue to impress college coaches as he plays his senior year.
What is your favorite thing about playing high school football?
Luke Diehl: The atmosphere. Playing in front of the crowd. Making big plays.
What is your official height and weight?
Luke Diehl: 6'1.5 208 pounds
What is your greatest football memory?
Luke Diehl: The fourteen yard sack I had in the state championship game.
What are your personal goals for the season?
Luke Diehl: I want to work on my foot speed so I can get away from the linemen easier, so I can play a little more aggressive
How will you prepare for this upcoming season? Will you attend any camps? Will you go to any combines?
Luke Diehl: Lifting my butt off. Doing some foot ladders, cones, trying to get my skills better. I'm going to the CSU camp in June and hopefully CU
With your brothers playing at D1 schools do you feel you have a better understanding of what it takes to play at the next level?
Luke Diehl: What I learned is it is not high school. Everyone hits hard, everyone is fast. You have to work extra hard to get there.
What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
Luke Diehl: I would like to work on reading and understanding the game a little better. The mental aspect. I feel you can more aggressive and physical when you know what you are doing.
Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
Luke Diehl: Kieffer Garton our QB, he is amazing. Nick Herron, Tyler Jackson. We have a really young team we only lost two seniors.
What are you looking for as you decide on a college?
Luke Diehl: You have to look at are you going to be happy there for five years. I like hunting and fishing so going to a school that I can do that. The town you live in, the coaches you are going to play for. Will you still like the school if the coach goes some place else?
Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?
Luke Diehl: I have offers from Kansas State, Wyoming and Colorado State and Michigan, UCLA and Oregon are starting to show interest. Iowa State, Washington State, and Arizona State also show interest.
Who is the best player you ever played against?
Luke Diehl: Lamar Houston, I was really impressed with him.
What other sports do you play?
Luke Diehl: Normally I throw the disc and shot
What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
Luke Diehl: 545 x 6 in the squat, 345 clean and 4.59 forty
How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
Luke Diehl: Aggressive
Who is your favorite pro athlete?
Luke Diehl: Bill Romanowski or Mike Alstott
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Luke Diehl: You have to have a want to attitude you just can't settle. You have to want to be the best you can or it is not going to happen.
I would like to thank Luke and his family as well as Coach Ketron for their help with this story. It should be fun to watch and see if Douglas County can repeat this upcoming season.