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Meet Stevenson Athlete Luke Nelson Class Of 2025 - Name To Watch

So, in a way to better understand the use of Deep Dish Football for Illinois recruits and the whole entire IHSA Football scene. Decided to do player profiles of players who you might not know or you might know, but you should respect them for their roles on their respective teams. This is one of the many reasons why Deep Dish Football is respected in the IHSA. Every Football Player Has A Story To Tell

Luke Nelson Stevenson Athlete Class Of 2025 6'2 180

Luke Nelson how was your sophomore season?

I’d say I had a great sophomore season; I improved a lot compared to Freshmen year. For my sophomore season goals, I wanted to add to my skill set as I was mostly considered a defensive player. I worked a lot of off-season with a receiving coach and got better with my hands. Our team lost our first and second string QB due to injury at the beginning of the season and we were limited to mostly running the ball. I was able to contribute to the offense by becoming a lead blocking FB, which became a major part of the offensive game. On D, I felt I was disruptive and was able to record a large number of sacks, TFLs, tackles and fumbles at the DE position. I was really proud of my defensive performance.

What does football mean to you? Football to me means brotherhood. Football wouldn’t be football without playing with the other 10 guys next to you. Some of my closest friends are guys that I played with throughout youth football. They are still considered my closest friends to this day. Football has this way of bringing people together, and that’s what I love about it.

What should college coaches know about you?

First and foremost, I am a dedicated and hardworking individual. Football is not just a sport for me, it is a passion. I am committed to giving my all both on and off the field, and I am always striving to improve my game. In terms of my playing style, I have a high motor and I give 100% on the field. Off the field, I am a responsible and disciplined individual. I understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and I take my academics seriously. I am committed to balancing my athletic and academic commitments and understand the importance of them as I work to play at the next level.

What part of your game have you been working on in the offseason?

I see my role this year either being at DE or LB position depending on the defensive package, so I’ve been working on my speed/quickness. I've continued to increase my strength and master techniques to win at the line of scrimmage and/or track down the ball.

What goals do you have for yourself this upcoming season? My goals are really centered on the team. I am not concerned with individual stats. I hope to earn a starting position and help our team win conference and make a deep playoff run. I feel I can contribute at several positions, LB, DE and TE. I also love playing special teams. I trust my coaches will put me in the best position to succeed and help the team.

What position do you feel most comfortable at? I feel most comfortable and effective at LB and DE. I’ve also played WR and TE and feel my blocking skills from playing OL in youth football make me an effective blocker at TE and FB. Who is one player on Stevenson that is slated to have a breakout season? Ethan Aghakhan is a beast and a legitimate D1 prospect on the D-Line. He is fast, strong and impossible to block. I really can’t wait to play alongside with him.

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