Duo led New Palestine, Mt. Vernon




New Palestine senior quarterback Blake Luker has committed to the University of Indianapolis to play defensive back.

Luker played in the secondary for the Dragons before taking command of the offense, where he set several program records as a quarterback this fall, finishing with nearly 3,800 yards passing and rushing combined.

“I’m excited to be playing defense again,” Luker said. “I started my high school career as a DB and, even though I’m going to miss playing quarterback, I’m looking forward to being part of one of the best defenses in Division II football.”

The Greyhounds went 10-2 last season, losing to No. 19 West Texas A&M in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Luker plans to enter UIndy’s physical therapy program.

“I really felt comfortable around the coaches and players there when I was visiting, and it felt like the perfect fit for me academically and athletically,” he said.

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Mt. Vernon senior two-way lineman Tristan Blanton has committed to Marian University to play football on the defensive line.

Blanton, an All-Conference and All-County honoree, helped the 10th-ranked Marauders go 9-3 this fall, losing to eventual regional champ New Palestine in the sectional final.

Blanton, who had 106 tackles and 10.5 sacks for the Marauders, said he was drawn to Marian because of its winning culture.

“Their football program has only been around for seven years and have already won a national championship,” Blanton said of the Knights’ 2012 NAIA title. “I really wanted to play somewhere where we were going to win a lot of games.

“Plus, with (Marian) being one of the fastest growing colleges in the nation, their degree will carry weight.”

Blanton plans to pursue a career in physical therapy.

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