Great news from the Northwest Conference where Erik Lukner of Sedro-Woolley (Wash.) made a verbal commitment to the Bison of Bucknell University. Bucknell is a D1-FCS school in the Patriot League, and is located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, or about an hour east of Penn State University.
“The coaching staff is awesome,” Lukner told NEI following a week four matchup with Squalicum. “It is a great environment, they’ve got something good going and I want to be a part of it.”
Lukner visited the University for a camp in July, and came away with an offer just a few weeks later.
“The school is really nice,” Lukner said. “Good place, good education. The football team was upbeat, positive, they want to win and that is something I want to do as well.”
Bucknell is known for it’s high academic standard, something Lukner, who sports a 3.57 GPA, wasn’t necessarily looking for, but said he is looking forward to the challenge of a high academic institution.
The 6-foot-3, 295 pounder, is one of the state’s best run blocking lineman, helping pave the way to a 2A State Championship last season. Lukner grew up playing hockey, which explains his quick feet, but in Sedro’s run heavy offense, he rarely had an opportunity to showcase his abilities in pass-pro.
Lukner, who didn’t start playing football until his freshman season, still has plenty of room for growth, and will have to make the adjustment to center at the next level. He worked mostly inside over the offseason at Barton Football events, and really made a statement during the Rough Diamonds Collegiate Showcase at the end of June.
Recruiting had really picked up over the past few months. Lukner has been hearing from the likes of Army, Fresno State and Washington State, as well as multiple schools in the Big Sky Conference.
We will keep you updated on Lukner and the Cubs, who are once again a contender to win a 2A state title.