Nike Camp Report: Luke Tiemann

Pflugerville LB Luke Tiemann

Two linebackers stuck out like sore thumbs at the College Station Nike Camp: Alto's <B>Tad Scott</B> and Pflugerville's <B>Luke Tiemann</B>. Value went up for both, but following our earlier report on Scott, it's time to turn our attention towards Tiemann. The 6-2.5/6-3, 215-pounder tripped to College Station to lower his forty time (from 4.75), run a quick shuttle and sling some iron.

Before the camp, I told the Pflugerville mauler he'd clock a mid-to-high 4.6 in College Station and could probably clock a 4.65/4.66 if he ran his best. And folks, that's what he did. Tiemann walked straight over to me after his testing and said, "You were right. I clocked a 4.66 forty just like you said I would."

But don't think he's content with that improvement. Tiemann said he thinks he can get down to the high-4.5s. And I wouldn't bet against him.

The Cen-Tex standout also displayed his ability to change directions quickly by posting a 4.31 shuttle and showed plenty of athleticism when he measured a 32-inch vertical.

Tiemann showed a nice start in the strength department by hoisting 185 pounds 15 times, just a few bench reps away from the DE standouts recently highlighted in our second-week of exclusive Texas Nike Camp coverage. The Pflugerville LB regularly stays after school to grab some extra reps in the weightroom and it's paying off as he continues to bulk up and add more muscle/weight to his frame.

Arguably the greatest attribute Tiemann has is his ability to play the game once in the pads. Kid plays with a chip on his shoulder and can crack pass-catchers, blow up running backs and wrinkle quarterbacks as well as any other 'backer in the state.

If you haven't seen tape on this kid or observed a practice, you're missing one heckuva show.

Expect to see him climb up the state rankings in our soon-to-be updated IT Texas Top 100 because the kid can flat out play.

On a side note: As a sophomore, Tiemann started at defensive end and racked up some huge numbers. And the film of the kid as a pass rusher is something else. Kid's got some versatility and could eventually put his hand on the ground if that's where he's asked to play, but for now, we're projecting him as a linebacker.

Schools who've been by to catch a glimpse of Tiemann during spring practice: Arkansas, Texas, BYU, Colorado, Arizona, A&M, Northwestern, TCU, UTEP, Purdue and several others.

"I'm beginning to get stuff from Texas Tech now and after tailing off dramatically, Miami started sending me stuff again," Tiemann informed.

His lone scholarship offer is from the University of Houston but more interest is right around the corner for this bluechipper. Arkansas is coming on strong and might be the next to pony up.

Stay tuned!

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