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.
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— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) August 1, 2018
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.”
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