Gabe Luna Inks With The Cyclones
AMES, Iowa- Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads announced today that Gabe Luna, a defensive lineman who led his Butler C.C. team to a 20-3 mark the last two seasons, signed his letter of intent to begin school at second semester (Spring of 2014).
6-1, 245, Jr.
Garden City, Kan. (Garden City/Butler C.C.)
Chose Iowa State over California, Charlotte and Texas Tech … ranked as the 167th-best junior college player according to 247Sports … named second-team All-Jayhawk Conference and team captain … tallied 36 tackles, including 8.0 tackles for loss … also posted three sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception … had career best six tackles vs. Ft. Scott and Hutchinson … recorded three tackles for loss vs. Independence … helped team play in back-to-back Graphic Edge Bowl games, falling to Iowa Western both seasons … posted three tackles in the 2013 Graphic Edge Bowl … recorded 21 tackles as a freshman in 2012 to help his team go 11-1.
Named First-Team Class 6A in 2011 … was also a First-Team All-Area pick … participated in the 2012 Kansas Shrine Bowl … as a senior, tallied 57 tackles and 15 tackles for loss … named team captain … led the team in sacks with six … was all-conference in track & field in the javelin.
Born April 8, 1994 in Garden City, Kan. … son of Alphonso Luna and Michele Castro … father, Alphonso, played football at the University of Houston (1989-91) … intends on majoring in kinesiology.
Rhoads on Luna
“Gabe Luna is a very well-coached, disciplined, physical defensive end. He is reminiscent to what Cory Morrissey already is for our football program. His junior college coach (Troy Morrell), who has coached many Division I football players, likens him to Cory. He coached against Cory, so he knows what he is talking about. He keeps his shoulders square, he is very good against the run and comes from a very successful junior college football program. This is a young man who graduated from high school early with a focus on playing Division I football. He is going to fit in very well with our swarm and punish attitude with our defense.”