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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Charlestown (Ind.) RB Marion Lukes switches gears, commits to Central Michigan

By: , October 13, 2019, 11:50 am

Dancing through defenses on the gridiron like he’s Bruno Mars in pads for a second year in a row, Charlestown (Ind.) senior running back Marion Lukes changed directions in his recruiting recently.

And just like when he leaves opposing tacklers in his dust with one of his famous 24K juke moves, he was gone.

Lukes (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) committed to Central Michigan last week on the heels of a visit to the CMU campus in Mount Pleasant over the weekend, when he saw the Chippewas wallop Eastern Michigan, 42-16. He had been committed to Eastern Kentucky.

Right before departing for his visit, Lukes busted loose for 250 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-0 shutout of Corydon Central to help his Pirates squad lift their record to 5-2. Charlestown went to 6-2 with a 20-6 win over Salem this past Friday.

The shifty and durable playmaker out of the backfield is one of the IHSAA’s most prolific rushers, racking up 2,600 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior in 2018. So far this fall, Lukes has registered 1,468 yards and 19 scores on the ground. This chunk-yard specialist averages nearly 12 yards per carry.

Lukes becomes the 13th commit for the Chippewas’ 2020 recruiting class, second from the state of Indiana, joining Columbus North tight end Mitch Collier. CMU is 4-3, 2-1 in the Mid-American Conference’s West Division, tied for second.

— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN