Herr to Play Football at Taylor University.
Herr to Play Football for Taylor University
Luke Herr, Hamilton Heights’ senior, has signed a letter of intent to play football for the Taylor University Trojans in Upland, Indiana this fall. Taylor University is a member of the Crossroads League. He is the son of Jim and Kate Herr.
Taylor offered Herr everything he was looking for in a post-secondary educational institution including a Christian University, smaller class size, close-knit family environment, unrestricted academics, and opportunity to play football close to home. Herr, who earned three varsity letters, was a recipient of the Corey Kiger Award as a freshman and named to the All Hoosier Conference 1st and All Hamilton County teams his junior and senior years. In addition, he received numerous Player of the Game awards as an offensive and defensive lineman; named Defensive Lineman of the Year his junior and senior years, Offensive Lineman of the Year his senior year, and recently named to the Region 5 All Stars as an Offensive Lineman.
“I’ve been passionate about football before I could put pads on,” said Luke Herr, who plans to study engineering with a concentration in electrical to ultimately seek a career in the agricultural industry. “I have been to several skills camps, attended Acceleration in Indiana, and weight trained with West Indy Barbells and Hamilton Heights to hone my strength, speed, and agility.
Along with football, Herr has been active in 4-H and Hamilton Heights Future Farmers of America (FFA) club. He has successfully shown Simmental cattle all over the nation winning Supreme Showman at the Hamilton County Fair last summer, along with several Grand Champion Awards during his 10-year tenure in 4-H.
Herr, a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, credits his parents and sister Maddie as a personal trainer and challenger, as being instrumental in his development as a student athlete. “Coach Nate Stapleton was an inspirational force in the 6th grade followed by Al Peterson in 7th,” recalled Herr of the coaches who have inspired and helped him throughout his football career. “In high school, I remain grateful to the influences, motivation, and opportunities from Coaches Mitch Street, Jon Kirschner, Ross Eckert, Jared Mills, and Derek Davis.
“For the past three seasons Luke has been a versatile offensive and defensive lineman,” said Jon Kirschner, Hamilton Heights Head Football Coach. “He played all three positions on the offensive line and was both an interior and exterior defensive lineman. Doing this is not an easy task. Luke's ability to excel in all of these positions speaks volumes to his athleticism and his work ethic during his time at Heights. Luke has also been a foundational leader to his teammates the past two seasons as he was chosen as a captain both his junior and senior seasons by his teammates. Luke will be sincerely missed, and the Husky Football Program wishes him nothing but the best at Taylor University in the fall.”
“We are all very proud of Luke and excited that he gets the opportunity to continue his football career at Taylor University,” said Kurt Ogden, Hamilton Heights Athletic Director. “He is such a hard worker at everything he does. He has been the ideal role model the past four years both in the classroom and on the field for Hamilton Heights. It’s always rewarding to see kids like Luke reach the goal they’ve set for themselves.”