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Jersey ATH earns Big Ten offer

Athlete Zach Luckett out of Absecon (N.J.) Holy Spirit has just recently added an offer from the Big Ten.
"Iowa offered me about a week ago," he said. "I know they have a pretty nice recruiting class coming in and a good tradition and good academic programs. I haven't talked to any of the coaches yet and I had no idea they were going to offer me. I wasn't expecting it at all, because they weren't sending a lot of mail, but then it just came."
The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder has recently been receiving mail from Syracuse, Boston College, Michigan State, Minnesota and Tennessee. Of those Tennessee really stood out.
"I grew up looking at Tennessee," he said. "My brother is a big fan and I know it's a good school. The football team has been at the top over the last few years and I'm definitely looking at going there."
Previously, Luckett was favoring Boston College and Michigan. So is that still the case?
"Yeah I'm still favoring those two schools, but Virginia has moved up on my list," he said. "I'm looking at them a lot too, because they are not too far from where I live and they are one of the top public schools in the nation. They have moved up a lot, it's not just because of location, but because they have a good program too."
Besides Virginia moving up, he mentioned that Syracuse has slid some and Pittsburgh is up there among his favorites.
"I would say Syracuse isn't as big of a factor as they used to be," he said. "Pittsburgh though is still up there, but I'm looking more at Virginia, Michigan and Boston College."
He went on to talk about Pittsburgh.
"I've been getting letters from them and I'm supposed to visit them for a junior day next month," he said. "I know they got Dave Wannstedt coming from the NFL and I'm sure he'll bring them to a higher level."
Currently, Luckett is preparing for upcoming combines including the Nike Camp at Penn State and the Elite College Combine.
"I'm running track right now and lifting weights," he said. "Track is definitely helping with my speed and lifting with my muscles for football next year. The track season is going very well, I've improved a lot since last year and my times are getting better and our first meet is on Saturday."
The only question remaining for Luckett is what position will he play in college?
"The majority of schools are looking for me as a wide receiver," he said. "Some schools are looking at me as a running back/wide receiver combination position. I've played wide receiver most of my life, so that's what I'm used to, but switching between them doesn't bother me either."
This summer Luckett doesn't plan on attending any camps.
Currently the athlete has offers from Virginia, Syracuse, Iowa and Boston College and Connecticut.
Last season, Luckett ran for 587 yards and 10 touchdowns, he added 684 yards receiving and six touchdowns.
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