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HEBRON ESTATES – Sometimes schools recruit football players and other times football players recruit schools.
It was the latter that worked out just fine for North Bullitt senior Lucas Humphrey recently when he signed to play football at Campbellsville University.
It has been Humphrey’s desire to play for the Tigers and attend the college since he attended a Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp there in the summer of 2012.
While Humphrey did get some contacts from Hanover and Kentucky Wesleyan as a football player, he jumped at the chance when Campbellsville head coach Perry Thomas presented an offer.
“I’ve wanted to go there since the first time I visited,” Humphrey said after a ceremony in the North Bullitt lobby in May. “After that FCA camp I knew that was where I wanted to go.”
Football was only part of the total package.
“The campus and the professors are awesome,” the senior said. “I talked with one of the assistants when I was there and I talked with multiple professors. They were emphasizing my love of Christ and my church association.”
Humphrey certainly has the size to be a college lineman. He is already 6-4 and 286-pounds.
At North Bullitt he played center for most of his career. Eagle head coach Brett Newton tried to move him out to tackle a few times, but could never find another candidate to handle the intricacies of snapping the ball in the shotgun.
After playing five years in the Overdale Chiefs’ program, Humphrey arrived at North Bullitt and quickly moved into the varsity line-up. He has been a starter on the offensive line the last three years.
Throughout most of his football career, Humphrey has had Rick Burton as one of his coaches.
“He was my line coach from PeeWee all the way up,” Humphrey said. “It’s great that he got to move up with me.
“Then dad always helps me with anything,” he added.
The 18-year old son of Suzanna and David Humphrey has two younger siblings, Noah and Seth, as well as an older brother Taylor who attended North Bullitt and is now a student at Bellarmine University.
Between now and his arrival on campus in August, Humphrey knows that there is one thing he will focus on.
“Definitely conditioning,” the senior said. “That will be a big part of it now. Me and a couple of friends are lifting now.”
At Campbellsville Humphrey hasn’t yet decided firmly on a major. He has narrowed it down to Biblical Studies or special education.
There were many memories playing for the Eagles.
“The game where I double-sprained my ankle was the worst thing that happened to me,” he recalled. “I’ll miss the teamwork and always being with my team. That is what I will remember the most.”
Having a play move on to college is always special for Newton.
“There needs to be more of them,” the coach pointed out. “Lucas has a good head on his shoulders. He is mature for his age.”
Newton feels that his senior has the frame to add on more weight and muscle.
“He has a great frame,” the coach pointed out. “The coaches there will put good weight on him. He could pack on pounds in the weight room.”
Newton feels that offensive line play is in Humphrey’s future but he isn’t sure exactly where the player will fit best in what Campbellsville does.
“He was a center for us,” Newton said. “We would have liked to have him at tackle, but we didn’t have anybody else the get the job done at center. You never know what the college has in mind until he gets there.
“He could be a center at a school with a lot of size that could have the luxury of playing him there,” the coach added. “They will bring in a number of kids and see what kids fit in best. You know he will work hard and be productive and learn.”
At Campbellsville, Humphrey will join a program that posted a 4-6 record last fall.
The Tigers have signed Bullitt County players in the past. The team had two Bullitt Central graduates on its roster last year (Shane Williamson and Nathan Jackson) and has signed another this spring (Tyler Bray). Humphrey will be the lone North Bullitt player on the roster at this point.