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AUSTIN — When it boiled down to accepting a scholarship from a Division I program or playing for his dream school, Luke Brockermeyer knew what he wanted to do.
Today, he committed to Texas. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound linebacker from Fort Worth All Saints chose UT, the school where his father Blake was an All American offensive lineman and NFL veteran, over offers from Oregon State and Rice. Luke will enroll as a preferred walk-on in Austin. – JW
I don’t know any good football players that aren’t also confident. Even the most humble players off the field are immensely confident on it. That trait is so important it factors heavily into evaluations.
Even more so than his father Blake’s stellar career at Texas, and his own love that stems from that unique tie to the school, it’s Luke’s self-confidence the Texas staff has to thank for him accepting a Preferred Walk-On position over scholarship offers from Oregon State and Rice.
As Brockermeyer recently stated, “If I wasn’t confident I could play at Texas I wouldn’t go there.”
With numerous success stories of walk-ons across the football landscape, going that route has lost much of its stigma. If a school is operating meritocratically, as the highly successful ones do, it doesn’t matter much anyway (aside the monetary considerations). As Tom Herman told Brockermeyer, players who work hard will play, those who don’t, won’t.
Whether or not someone plays will also be dependent on ability and that’s precisely where Brockermeyer’s confidence comes from.
Casual fans often focus on obvious traits like size and speed. All too often they fall in love with guy who has the highlight reel of hard hits. All that is fine and well, but what matters most is initial quickness and the ability to move multi-directionally. Football is not played in straight lines. These movement skills are not only strengths of Brockermeyer’s, they could also help him see the field on either side of the ball. Recently I’ve compared his athletic profile to Cade Brewer (tight end/Texas) and Clay Johnston (linebacker/Baylor).
Brockermeyer will start his time at Texas at B-backer — basically the position he played in high school — but it’s takes minimal imagination to see him at h-back or tight end.
The big walk-on success stories often stem from players who were overlooked because they didn’t fit positional size templates. Currently Luke doesn’t have ideal size for either position, but it’s a projection game. At a tick under 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, he has a good frame for S&C Yancy McKnight to work with.
My guess is Luke maximizes, but it sounds like he’s sure of it. – EN
Recruiting Notebook Evaluation:
How he fits at Texas: Luke is a scrappy and strong player, like you’d expect from the son of an NFL left tackle. He regularly won at the point of attack as a 3-4 OLB at All Saints Episcopal and I found a game in which their opponent conspicuously ran every play away from him. He’s also cat quick, which you wouldn’t necessarily expect, and did a ton of damage screaming around the edge, stunting inside, and dropping into coverage. He may have some potential at TE but most likely he’s a TJ Watt starter kit that should blossom into a brilliant B-backer in three years time. – IB