YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) - Cardinal Mooney senior Luke Fulton grew up playing football and his big dream was to play for the Cardinals.
Well, four years ago, Luke got his chance and ran with it. Now, he's one of the top-ranked linebackers in the State and a straight-A Student. Not to mention, Luke's now our "33 Student Athlete of the Week."
"What sets me a part as a linebacker is just my ability to move sideline to sideline," said Fulton.
"Make plays and use that physicality once I get there to be able to make good, secure tackles."
At 6'3", 225 pounds, Luke Fulton is a true force on the football field. He's a three-year starter at linebacker for the Cardinals, an All State performer with 135 tackles and 6 sacks last season.
"Coming in here I think I was pretty raw and they kind of molded me and i got to play against the higher level competition," said Fulton. "That's when that really brings the best out of you...you only become the best playing the best."
And Luke has certainly taken his game to the next level at Mooney. So far, he's received 33 major Division 1 offers. He verbally committed to Michigan State. This preseason, Luke was named to the Butkus Award watch list as one of the top 50 linebackers in the country.
"You know it's cool," he said. "I mean, it's always been a goal of mine and it's cool to see your goal, you kind of follow through with it and you're getting to that highest level."
Luke also reaches that level in the classroom. He ranks in the top 10 of his class with a 4.06 GPA. He's also a member of National Honor Society.
"My parents always pushed me to do both the school work and the football to my best ability. I think using football as a vehicle to get to college, it will just lead to a really good career."
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