2020 Ellison Eagles Offensive Lineman Kaleb Luna is looking for the 2019 season to be his best and the team’s best after a second consecutive losing season.
The Ellison Eagles of Killeen, Texas have only won nine games the last two seasons and are looking to turn things around. Could this be the year they shatter expectations and make a playoff run?
Time will tell. Having Luna as a senior leader on the offensive line should change things and add continuity.
“My love for football began when my neighbors were about to head to practice one evening and I happened to catch them to find out what football was and if I could try out. Ever since that day 12 years ago, I’ve loved to play the game of football, no matter the circumstances,” he said.
His family and faith motivate him to play the game. He’s always had the mentality to keep pushing and playing no matter how hard things are. He loves every moment of football whether it is exhausting or exciting, all are memorable.
“The toughest thing I’ve had to overcome in my life was asking myself ‘is it worth it?’ when doing certain drills or exercises in football. The thought gave me motivation and reasoning to overcome many obstacles in my life.”
Luna credits his older brother for always being a father figure to him. He helped him get through a lot of troubling times and taught him to always keep pushing because quitting will be way worse than anything that he’s experiencing now.
“I’ve been in Killeen most of my life, growing up here help me get out in the open with many athletes and people. Surrounding myself with positive people led me to be well known throughout the city and school district of Killeen, Texas,” on what Killeen means to him.
The 6’4, 280-pound, offensive tackle, has scholarship offers from the following universities: Louisiana, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State, Houston Baptist, Navarro College, New Mexico State, Navy, Incarnate Word, Sam Houston State, McNeese State, and Northwestern State.
He has high interest in Tulsa, Kansas, Texas Tech, Sam Houston State, Houston Baptist, Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, and the United States Military Academy at West Point among others.
The junior ROTC and National Honor Society member plans on majoring in civil engineering as a career or major in military history to teach. He said that his recruiting process has been hectic for the past couple weeks, but knows he has to be patient and trust the process. Check out his junior highlights
He hopefully will make his commitment decision by October.
Looking at Kaleb Luna on film, his feet, hand placement and footwork are impressive in the pass blocking scheme and as a run blocker, he shows good speed, awareness, and aggressiveness when engaging with the defensive player in front of him.
As an offensive lineman, he believes that he excels in both areas. Whatever offense the university has; he will be more than willing to adapt to their type of offense. He would say the best part of his game is his ability to overpower and out-maneuver his opponents and force his will upon them. He needs to work on his flexibility and speed.
“What I enjoy most about being an offensive lineman is the brotherhood that all lineman share and the ability to be one of the most respected but also strategically important positions on the football field,” he said.
When he goes out on the field, Kaleb Luna has the mentality that he has a job to do and it is to go through the player in front of him.
“I love to watch retired former Cowboys offensive guard Larry Allen; I love to look at his techniques at which he used to dominate the trenches for over a decade. Currently, I love to watch Alexander Villanueva and David DeCastro of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”
Kaleb Luna will miss the tradition he has at Ellison High School. His older sister and brother graduated from there and he will be too in the near future.
“I enjoyed and will remember every moment I had and made at Ellison High School until my final days because this is where I was made.”