At 6-7, 230-pounds, Fisher Catholic’s multiple-sport athlete Luke
Roesch is literally one of Central Ohio’s biggest high school stars. A first-team All-Ohio selection in football and a taletned basketball player, Roesch’s college options read Northwestern, Purdue, Miami (Ohio) and even some Ivy League
it all up and what you have is a star student-athlete in the truest
At 6-7, 230-pounds, Fisher Catholic’s multiple-sport athlete Luke Roesch is literally one of Central Ohio’s biggest high school stars. The first-team All-Ohio selection in football and the incredible talent Roesch possesses in the winter on the hardwood tells you what you need to know about the athletic side of things. A potential college list that reads Northwestern, Purdue, Miami (Ohio) and even some Ivy League schools tells just as much about Roesch’s ability in the classroom. Add it all up and what you have is a star student-athlete in the truest sense.
“It is such a good thing to have a player like Luke on the team,” said Fisher Catholic head football coach Mike McCann. “Obviously, the talent is nice, but with Luke it is so much more. He is a great leader with great maturity, and he does a great job in the classroom as well.
“The schools that are looking at him tell you all you need to know about Luke’s performance in the classroom,” McCann continued. “I think Luke has a great future in front of him, and he is a great young man that is more than deserving of everything he gets.”
What he gets might first come down to deciding what sport he would like to play. The football star is also a very good all around basketball player, and he is still unsure of what sport he would like to play at the next level.
“To be honest, I haven’t really decided,” said Roesch when asked of this future choice. “I love both football and basketball. I guess it will just be a matter of where the best opportunity ends up being.”
McCann feels Roesch will have plenty of options.
“Luke loves football and he also has a great passion for basketball,” McCann said. “He loves sports. As the year goes forward, I believe he will definitely have some different things he can take a look at in terms of college.”
If football is the choice the next decision will come in what capacity to use him. The All-Ohio selection did come from the defensive end; however, his size, speed, and hands make him a prototypical college tight end.
“Probably tight end, but it really doesn’t matter to me,” said Roesch when asked of his preference on what position he would like to play at the next level. “I love playing tight end, but defense is where I have had the most success in high school so far. Honestly, it doesn’t matter. I would play wherever I am needed.”
McCann also felt that Roesch’s support from home – parents Ron and Rose – has been a great lift. Ron is an experienced educator who now teaches at Upper Arlington and is a former successful high school football coach. Ron and Rose are both very supportive of their talented son; however, the two according to the coach are both very supportive of the Fisher Catholic athletic programs as well.
“Ron and Rose are such great parents,” said McCann. “They are obviously proud of Luke as they should be, but they are so supportive of the school in general. They are great people to have involved in the community.”
Fisher Catholic has experienced some great success in Roesch’s career. The Irish reached Week 12 in both his freshmen and sophomore years and last year despite a 5-5 record FC did beat Newark Catholic.
This season, Roesch’s senior campaign, started in Week 1 with a loss to a very talented Danville team, but FC bounced back nicely in Week 2 with a 33-0 win over Huntington Ross. In that game Roesch made his presence felt in a variety of ways with a touchdown grab as well as a big third down catch setting up his team’s first score.
“Luke does so much for our football team,” said McCann. “Defense, offense, and special teams – you name it, he does it. He is our punter and in the past has done our kicking as well. This year he is sharing some of the kicking duties just to try to get him off the field a little bit to keep him as fresh as possible.”
Roesch’s senior season will continue in the winter on the basketball court. As Fisher Catholic’s center, Roesch is a versatile player that can not only control a game in the paint, but can be a perimeter threat as well.
“Right now my focus is on helping our team get back on top of our league and get back to the playoffs,” Roesch said. “In the winter, my goal is the same with basketball – just win.”
With Fisher Catholic being a Division VI school, Roesch is sometimes overshadowed by the players from bigger schools. However, Roesch has Fisher Catholic showing up a little bit bigger than most Central Ohio small schools on the recruiting map of many colleges throughout the Midwest.