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Blake Lueders Commits to Stanford; A.J. Edds Impresses

Blake Lueders, a four-star football recruit from the Zionsville High School (Zionsville, Indiana) decommitted from the University of Notre Dame, and has announced his decision to play football for Stanford University.  The 6’5″ 250lb linebacker originally gave Charlie Weiss a verbal commitment to play for the Irish, but after Weiss’ firing, and Brian Kelly’s subsequent hiring, Lueders and his family decided it best to explore other options.

After playing earlier this month in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Lueders took a trip to the Palo Alto, California campus and was sold on all that the prestigious university has to offer.  Like Notre Dame, Stanford is one of the few high-level football programs that adheres to strict academic admissions qualifications.  Stanford’s coach is none other than “Captain Comeback” himself, Indianapolis Colts legend Jim Harbaugh.

Lueders, who earned the Indianapolis Star Indiana Mr. Football linebacker position award, is expected to play defensive end at the collegiate level.

In other college football news:

Former Greenwood High School (Greenwood, Indiana) standout A.J. Edds capped off his career with the Iowa Hawkeyes by intercepting a pass in the team’s bowl victory over Georgia Tech.  Now he’s preparing to take his game to the professional level.  Edds was a three-year starter at outside linebacker for the Hawkeyes, and he performed well enough during his final season that he was invited to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl this past week.

At 6’3” and 248 pounds, Edds was the biggest linebacker invited to the game, and his physicality was an asset he displayed throughout the week.  Reviews of his workout performances were glowing, and in the actual game, Edds intercepted a pass and forced fumble for the North team, proving that he’s a player Indianapolis sports fans need to get reacquainted with.