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Luke Foley has sent a lot of emails in the last few months, hoping for an opportunity to play football at the next level. Foley was given that chance and will sign today with the University of Minnesota-Crookston, a division two school.
“I was just looking for a lot of schools that I thought I would fit in with, checking their rosters and looking at my size and ability. That was one of the few that I picked up,” Foley said.
“I just sent an email up to them, and they called back, asking me to send film to them, ACT, SAT scores, and he called me back a couple weeks later and the coach said he wanted to get me up there on an official visit.”
Foley visited the Crookston campus with two other athletes from Florida and Georgia, and at the end of the day, was offered a spot on the Golden Eagles’ roster.
“I was really excited coming into my senior year, and things really picked up after Christmas,” Foley said of the recruiting process. “I had a lot of calls from schools, and I would just sit back after a few days and think about the calls I received. Right after the coach offered me a spot, I just sat there and was mute. I was just excited and nervous about the whole thing. It’s been really exciting for me.”
Foley played at both tight end and tackle for the Bulldogs this season, finishing with 170 receiving yards, 20 tackles and four sacks. While he showed his versatility throughout the season, also going in once as punter, Foley is happy to once again play tight end.
“Thankfully, I won’t be playing tackle,” he laughed. “They’re going to put me at tight end in a motion fullback kind of thing, so it’ll be fun.”
Foley’s signing is the biggest head coach Ron Price and his staff have had in their tenure at the helm of the Bulldogs’ program, and Price hopes this will open other doors for future athletes.
“We’re just thrilled to death for Luke, and he’s been very patient through this whole process,” he said “We knew at the end of the day something would come in for him, and he’s excited about this opportunity to go to Minnesota, and we’re excited for him.”
The thought of going far away from home does not scare the senior, and he is excited for his opportunities at the next level.
“It doesn’t scare me, it scares my parents because they don’t want to send me off, but they want me to go where I want to go and where I feel I’ll fit in at,” Foley said. “They’ve been very supportive thoughout this process.”
“It’s exciting to have an open door for Luke, as well as show our kids that we have a number of kids playing at some level, and that’s what we want for them, to move on and play college football,” Price added. “Luke’s opened a new door and is going to give New Albany High School exposure in a different part of the country that it’s never been before, so we’re very excited about that.”