Luke Joeckel, the 6-foot-6, 288-pound offensive tackle from Arlington, Texas, says he now has around 25 scholarship offers and continues to deny a leader.
Luke’s twin brother, Matt Joeckel (6-3, 205), plays quarterback for Arlington. “We’d like to play together in college,” Joeckel said. “That would be great if we could, but it’s not for sure. It won’t be a deal breaker.
“Matt plays quarterback and there’s not as many offers available for that position so he may try and commit early,” he said. “But I think I’d like to wait. We’ll see what happens.”
Luke says his brother has around eight offers and is strongly considering Arkansas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Houston, Vanderbilt, Baylor and SMU.
“I haven’t narrowed it down yet,” he said. “I plan on going on a bunch of visits this spring and summer.”
On March 28, the Joeckel brothers will be visiting Arkansas for their junior day and will be at Oklahoma on March 29.
“I really like the offensive line coach (Mike Summers) at Arkansas,” Joeckel said. “He’s a good guy and we have a lot in common. He likes to go fishing and stuff like that. It’s a good family environment.
“I’m excited to visit Oklahoma too,” he said. “The facilities there are supposed to be amazing and the coaches are great. You go there and you know you’re going to win. It’s a winning program.”
Joeckel has already attended junior days at Texas Tech, Baylor and A&M.
“I grew up following Texas Tech,” he said. “Both my parents went there.”
In fact, his father, Dave Joeckel, played offensive tackle and center for the Red Raiders. “I really like coach Mike Leach and the offense they run. I’d get very good at pass protection if I went there.”
Lubbock is about five hours from Joeckel’s home, while A&M is only about three hours away. “A&M is a great place,” he said. “Coach Mike Sherman is great. I like how he used to play offensive line and coached the o-line. He’s a great guy and I like the pro-style offense they run. He’s not a big yeller and is just a solid guy.”
Joeckel says he also has offers from Wisconsin, Arizona, Arizona State, SMU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Nebraska and Missouri, among others. “I should have a top five by the beginning of summer,” he said. “I’d like to go to a winning program where I get along with the coaches.
“I also love crazy fans,” he said. “I want to play in a big stadium where the fans really go nuts.”
Joeckel says he can bench 320-pounds, squat 390 and claims a 28-inch vertical jump.
“I’m really good at finishing off blocks,” he said. “I don’t stop until the whistle blows. I’m always practicing my technique and am working on playing lower. I need to bend my knees more and improve my balance. I also need to work on staying square in pass protection.”
Joeckel reports a 3.5 core GPA and is awaiting his March 14 SAT results.