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11-Year Old Luke Klausing Signs with UK, Immediately Guarantees Victories over Florida and Tennessee


A day before the Kentucky football team reports to training camp, Mark Stoops accepted a midsummer signee that is bringing big expectations to the table.  Shortly after signing on the dotted line, five-star recruit Luke Klausing shared what he’s most excited to see this fall in Lexington.

“Definitely beating Florida,” the 11-year old said moments after guaranteeing a victory over Tennessee.  The Louisville native will wear No. 18 for the Wildcats, in honor of his favorite player.

A wide receiver, Klausing is one of the best players to ever play football in the state of Kentucky.

“Luke is a five-star prospect by all recruiting services.  He’s considered the best wide receiver to come out of the Commonwealth since Keenan Burton in 2006,” Maggard said in a special signing day ceremony.  “He totaled approximately 30,000 receiving yards on 300 catches and 30 TDs in his historic grade school career.”

Klausing’s recruitment came down to the wire, but the speedy receiver who boasts a 4.02 40-yard dash and 47-inch vertical leap could not forsake his home state.

“I can tell you in the lobby before we came over here, his phone was blowing up with rival coaches trying to flip him at the last minute.  Luke remained steadfast and loyal to the Big Blue.” Maggard added Klausing will play right away. “We did not sign Luke to sit.  Luke will play immediately and compete for a starting position.”

“YAHTZEE!” from @UKFootball

Klausing was able to sign in the summer through Team Impact.  One of 30,000 Americans who lives with Cystic Fibrosis, Team Impact creates a way for children like Luke to become a part of college athletics.  Luke will attend practices, games, team dinners and more as a Kentucky Wildcat.

His activities with the team must take a backseat to fighting Cystic Fibrosis.  Luke receives his first of three hour-and-a-half treatments each morning at 6:00 a.m.  On top of the other pills and medications he takes everyday, Luke juggles school and sports in-between the treatments.

A genetic disease that creates pulmonary problems, treating Cystic Fibrosis is quite a challenge.  His parents have helped others fight the disease by creating a research organization called Cure CF.  Joey Klausing, Luke’s father, said they’ve donated more than $1 million to Cystic Fibrosis research.

“We wanna beat this thing so Luke and other kids don’t have to deal with this throughout the rest of their lives,” Joey said.

Fighting the disease everyday takes its toll on the Klausing family.  Luke’s mother Jessica said traveling to watch UK football and basketball has given their family a temporary escape.

“We love the University of Kentucky.  It’s something that means a lot to us.  We’re all about making memories, and ever since Luke was born we’re all about making the most of life,” Jessica said.  “Kentucky is our life and we love UK.  This means a lot to us and it’s just a very exciting day.”

Luke Klausing could hardly keep a smile off his face during the special signing day ceremony.  Surrounded by C.J. Conrad, George Asafo-Adjei, Lonnie Johnson, Zach Johnson, Landon Young and Walker Wood, the players’ selfless attitudes inspired Joey Klausing.

“I don’t get goosebumps too much anymore, and I got ’em today,” he said.

To learn more about Cystic Fibrosis and how to help, visit CureCFinc.com 

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 responses to “11-Year Old Luke Klausing Signs with UK, Immediately Guarantees Victories over Florida and Tennessee”

  1. pickle42141

    This is so awesome. I have a 17 year old son that also has CF. They go through so much. Kudos to Stoops for doing this.

    1. ClutchCargo

      Hang in there, man. I have a friend in Crestwood whose wife defied death from CF and lived to tell a great story about it to this day. They are a great example of not only asking God for help, but doing everything in their power to help make it happen.

  2. Brutal Hustler

    This is such an awesome move, but Oh boy I can’t wait for the inevitable dumb UT and/or UF fans who don’t understand this and try to use him guaranteeing wins as motivating bulletin board material

  3. Cat68

    Same here with the goosebumps! Excellent move by all!

  4. unbiasedfan

    Cannot stand a fan that when things are good there all for it, but when you lose a game Stoops should be fired. Those are “Bandwagon people”. Stoops an Co. have done a WONDERFUL job in their tenure at UK. We’re absolutely blessed to have a man of his caliber. More than anything, the man has a HEART. Year by year he’s putting a better product out on the field. Not only that, he’s turning out some outstanding young men. We might not have as many drafted as Alabama, but I’d put our guys class and hearts up against any of them out there. We all want to win every game we play and for once we sort feel like we can compete with anybody. Very few times in my life of watching UK football have I been able to say that. Probably since 1976-77 actually. No one knows what will happen until the season plays out, but up to this point I for one give our coach a huge pat on the back for the job he’s done so far. Let’s be honest with ourselves, if we could churn out 7-8 wins year in and year out we should be tickled to death. As stated in some of my other post, we will never been an Alabama in football, but neither will Alabama be a Kentucky in basketball. Let’s get behind Coach Stoops and fill the stands on Saturdays and show our appreciation for the difference our program looks like today verses what it looked like the Vandy game during Jokers last year. I’m not knocking Joker either. Absolute wonderful position coach and O/C as well super recruiter. I really believe those positions is where his calling is at. Everyone’s not meant to be a head coach. #StoopsTroops #BBN #WeAreBigBlueStrong.

    1. Diesel87

      Someone obviously didn’t read the post lol

    2. unbiasedfan

      Oh Mr Diesel I read the post. I just like to take opportunity anytime I can to praise the job our current staff is doing. We have such a wonderful group of young men on board right now and when they get to participate in things like they did for that young child it just does my heart good. There’s so many times I do read post on here that just makes me shake my head. It really is absurd at some of the post that people post about our coach. I’m a diehard fan. Through and through. Good or bad. Up or down. Still watch every Saturday. I just think there is more ways to judge a coaches performance besides W’s and L’s. Granted most of the time that’s what determines stay or go home, I’m just pleased at the state of our football program right now. Glad you got a laugh out of it though Mr Diesel.

  5. cmillsmayer

    I’ve known the Klausings for many years. The Klausings are great people, through and through. While Luke is unfortunate to have CF, he is very fortunate to have such a wonderful family behind him. Our best goes out to Luke and whole Klausing clan… the Cats got a big commitment with Luke – Yahtzee!!

  6. steve simpson

    Proud to be a Cats fan.

  7. CoachCat

    Lets get it Luke!!!!