Luke Schultz is a 6’7″ 277 lb class of 2024 Offensive Tackle for the Briarwood Christian Lions in Birmingham, Alabama. Luke is a very powerful Left Tackle who immediately stands out when watching the Briarwood Christian offense at work. In the running game, Luke is constantly working up to the next level or moving his opponent so that his back can follow to him to a big gain. In the passing game, it seems that you can leave Luke on an island and let him protect the blind-side rusher without any worries. When he is 1v1 with a pass rusher, the rusher almost never gets near the quarterback. Luke is a greatly underrated prospect and should be at the top of the 2024 football recruiting class. Expect Luke to have an even better senior year with even more dominant blocking attributes added to his game. Check out our Q&A below!
Can you tell us your name and position on the football team?
Luke Schultz, Offensive Tackle.
What made you decide to play football in high school?
I first decided to play because all of my friends played and I fell in love with it my sophomore year, when I really got better.
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced on the field?
I was really small as a sophomore (6’6” 230lbs). Getting low and flexibility was difficult at this size. Getting comfortable with my strength and speed took time as well.
How do you motivate yourself when things get tough during a game?
Usually I tend to encourage my teammates and hold my teammates accountable. We try to keep this energy throughout the entire team.
What do you think sets you apart from other players on your team?
My work ethic. I am usually in the gym or training ⅘ days out of the week. My size and the speed I have at this size makes me unique as well.
Can you talk about a moment in your football career that you’re particularly proud of?
My first offer from Marshall in my sophomore year was memorable. Recently, I went to the Rivals camp in Atlanta and was invited back.
How do you handle the pressure of being an important player on the team?
I read my Bible a lot. I like to stay in tune with my parents and family and that keeps the pressure off me.
How do you balance football and your academic studies?
Our coach is very big on putting our studies first. I try to have a plan of all the work I am going to do and then focus on football afterwards.
What have you learned about teamwork through playing football?
Especially being on the Offensive Line, teamwork is everything. Working with those guys to do things that seem impossible are very important. Lastly, keeping everyone encouraged and motivated is key to working towards a common goal.
Can you describe your pre-game ritual or superstitions?
My friends and I go to Pazikis before every home game.
Who is your biggest inspiration or role model in the sport of football?
I try to play like Trent Williams because he looks like the most dominant Offensive Lineman in the world. The way my dad works and always comes home with a smile on his face and is ready to serve is why he is my role model.
How do you stay physically and mentally prepared for each game?
Watching a lot of film throughout the week and stretching and ice bathing help me physically and mentally prior to weekly games.
What are your goals for the future, both on and off the field?
I want to go Power 5 D-I and then go to the NFL on the field. After this I want to pursue business of some kind.
What advice would you give to young aspiring football players?
It’s all about the work you put in. You will never get anywhere if you are not putting in the work to get better. There is always going to be somebody better than you so always striving to be better is key.
What do you hope to achieve with your football career in the future?
I want to go to the SEC and then NFL. I want football to allow me to lead people to Christ through football whenever I am all said and done with it all.