2016 Kentucky Football Signee - Luke Fortner
Luke Fortner, Offensive Tackle, 6-6, 305, Fr.-HS, Sylvania, Ohio (Sylvania Northview) – A three-star offensive tackle by ESPN, Rivals and 247sports … Rated as the 69th best offensive lineman nationally and the 36th best prospect in Ohio by 247sports ... Also played guard and center ... Coached by Doug Downing ... Scout says, "Physical player - does a great job of getting and maintaining leverage once engaged with defender. Majority of the time plays under control and balanced showing the ability to beat a defender on own. Played tackle and center in high school. We feel he’s got the raw talent to work with but a year in a college system will help him with his footwork and learning more about pass-protection. Solid pick up for the Wildcats as Fortner is a player who will benefit from a season or two in the college game" ... Earned third-team All-Ohio for Division II ... Named second-team All-Northwest Ohio in 2014 ... Dual-sport athlete as he also was a center on the Northview basketball team ... Honor-roll student ... Chose UK over Akron, Cincinnati, Marshall, Maryland, Toledo and Western Michigan.
Coach Stoops on Fortner: “Luke has great size. He has the ability to play three positions on the offensive line and he gives us the physical presence we are looking for up front. We are looking forward to developing Luke.”