Eagle High senior football player Dillon Lukehart is taking his talent north.
The 5A Southern Idaho Conference offensive player of the year told the Idaho Statesman on Wednesday that he verbally committed to the University of Idaho.
"The whole recruiting process is such a roller coaster, having that commitment out of the way is a huge relief," said Lukehart, whose father played college football at Boise State. "My dad is super proud of me so there's no rivalry stuff going on there."
Lukehart, who starred at running back and defensive back for the Mustangs, was recruited as a linebacker. He had 106 tackles this season.
"I was always known as an offensive guy, but I am confident in my ability on defense. I know I have a lot to learn and I can't wait to get started," he said.
Eagle coach Paul Peterson didn't hide his excitement for a player that helped the Mustangs win the 5A state championship in 2009 and return to the playoffs this fall.
“I am so pleased for Dillon, because he’s such a hard worker and he loves football so much,” Peterson said. “This couldn’t happen to a nicer kid who wants to be a college football player so bad. It’s a great day for Dillon.”
A punishing runner, Lukehart finished his senior season with 205 carries for 1,834 yards and 24 touchdowns to bring his career totals to 3,456 yards and 51 touchdowns. Along with league offensive player of the year honors, Lukehart was a first-team selection on defense.
“The special part about Dillon is he has no ego,” Peterson said. “He understood what we needed him to do for the team and that gave him a lot of attention and notoriety. He would just as soon not have it. He’s not out there seeking attention.”
Lukehart, who is playing basketball for the first time since fourth grade and is considering sprinting for Eagle's track team, said Idaho was the first school that offered him a scholarship and he jumped at the opportunity to continue his career close to home.
Click here to read a feature I wrote about Lukehart earlier this fall.