RB Luke Yoder embracing plug and play mentality

Written by: Negus w/ Inside Sports with Phil Haywood contributor



Best RB Candidate Luke Yoder has embraced plug n play mentality to become amongst the county's best

School: Palm Harbor University

Little League Affiliation: Clearwater/Countryside

Height: 5'11

Weight: 195

GPA: 4.22

Fav Food: Sushi

Stats: 1602 yds, 6.3 ypc 7 rec, 51 yds

Dream School: University of Florida

Offers: None

Parents: Todd & Susan Yoder

The last few years at Palm Harbor University have been by far mediocre and unfortunately characteristic of the struggling program from North county. Since a 6-3 season in 2016 the Hurricanes have not gotten over the .500 mark and outside of Defensive player Ian Seibert not many flashes of potential D-1 talent until this year with the emergence of Junior RB Luke Yoder. To say Palm Harbor saw this coming would not be true as Yoder became the workhorse back in Pinellas County averaging 25 carries and gaining a reputation in certain parts of the county as someone who gets too many carries. When we decided to nominate players for our county awards we began to hear whispers that other backs were better and Yoder's yards were all based on opportunity but when we look at the team as a whole we at Inside Sports came to the realization that there was absolutely NO CHOICE in the situation. Palm Harbor lost their starting QB the 2nd week off the season and all of a sudden Yoder became the workhorse back and for that we commend him because Running Back is not where his journey began with the Hurricanes. As the son of a former NFL player most kids would have an established position coming into high school playing the same position or something similar to their fathers but this was not the case. Coming into highschool Yoder was a 5'6, 130 lbs slot receiver his freshman year and blossomed into a Strong Safety/Linebacker hybrid his sophomore year while toying around with 50 yards per game on offense behind Senior Mitchell Wood. This year he expected a balanced workload until injuries became an issue and boom he is now the workhorse back of the county. When speaking to Luke you can hear the patience in his voice when considering himself a great back and you can sense that if he were called to switch positions next year he would be all for it. When you watch his film his patience and vision stands out but what also stands out is how opponents prepared for him EVERY SINGLE PLAY which makes his switch even more remarkable.His advice for thos