Aug 5, 2011; Lexington, KY USA; Kentucky Wildcats helmet and football sit on the field during media day at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Football: Luke Hiers commits to Cats

Aug 5, 2011; Lexington, KY USA; Kentucky Wildcats helmet and football sit on the field during media day at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 Kentucky Wildcats Football class just keeps getting bigger as 2015 target Luke Hiers commits to the Cats. Hiers, from Lake Wales, Florida, is a four star center per Rivals. Hiers, at 6’3 and 290 is the second best center in the class per Rivals, so this was a huge get for Mark Stoops and company.

 

According to Rivals, Hiers had offers from Louisville, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Miami, and Syracuse, among others. Here is what ESPN says about the latest Wildcat:

OVERALL TRAITS

Size-Strength-Athleticism Good height and bulk though looks to carry little more weight than listed. A thickly built kid who could likely benefit from little restructuring of body comp. Displays good upper and lower body playing strength.
Pass Protection Looks to be a bit more limited experience wise in this phase and could need some more developmental time. Good strength to slow power rushers at current level, but can set too high and give some ground and needs to work to better sink hips. Doesn’t step and gain adequate depth with snap and needs to improve punch and hand usage. Displays adequate lateral mobility though could struggle with double moves.
Run Blocking Can deliver a good initial pop at contact. Good lower body strength and when drives legs can create some push. Needs to improve hand placement. Can get top-heavy and narrow with base and slide off blocks. Adequate job of working to second level and can get a hat on targets in his track though could struggle some to adjust to moving targets in space.
Toughness Comes across as player that can be physical and will look to deliver a pop when he can. Needs to continue to improve technique to help him, but looks to work to stay with blocks and get the job done.
Bottom Line Hiers has experience at different positions along the O-Line including center. His fit at the college level is inside with the ability to develop and be solid as a center. Good strength, but unless makes big strides as senior we don’t see an immediate contributor as he continues to develop his game.
Junior Eval STRENGTHS: Possesses a solid build with good height and size for an interior lineman. Flashes good playing strength at the point. Displays the ability to play on his feet in space. Snaps the ball well while being covered the majority of plays. Takes good angles to downfield blocks. … AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT: Needs to improve overall strength. Will bend at the waist. Shows difficulty changing directions in tight spaces. Needs to polish his pass blocking technique. … BOTTOM LINE: Hiers is a strong, active player at the center position. Has a frame that will support added strength and bulk. Needs to polish technique especially his footwork but we like his potential.

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