Parents: Raymond and Michelle Ryals
High School: Wake Christian
Why Southeastern? “Not many people get signed in June. I felt like God opened a door for me. I’m pretty excited about going to Florida to a Christian school and I’m really looking forward to it.”
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Major: Business management
Notable: Luke played quarterback and linebacker as a senior and was NCISAA all-state and team MVP. He threw for 780 yards with 14 TDs and five interceptions, 439 yards rushing with eight TDs and 72 tackles last season. Two-year team captain and three-year varsity player. Made all-conference as a junior. ... Luke will play linebacker for the Fire. ... He was on the golf team as a senior after taking up the sport for fun. ... Luke served as student body president, junior class president and sophomore class chaplain and won the school’s “William Buffaloe Award” (WCA’s Christian character award that goes to one Bulldog athlete a year) this spring.
Wake Christian football coach Stephen Cochran: “He’s just a terrific leader, and he missed about four games with a pulled hamstring last season. But he was willing to play anywhere we asked him to. He signed late because a few other schools were interested but he didn’t pursue it and just didn’t get any offers. As time wore on he missed it more and more and Southeastern kind of reached out to him.”
Favorite Bible Verse: “Do not fear or be dismayed, for the Lord God goes before you and he will be with you.” — Deuteronomy 31:8
Compiled by Mike Potter