The Oklahoman's Super 30: Luke McEndoo making the most of his move to Oklahoma
STILLWATER — Luke McEndoo remembers watching Tyreek Hill's punt-return touchdown that eventually led to Oklahoma State's Bedlam win in 2014.
He remembers seeing on TV the reaction of the sellout crowd at OU and being amazed at how much football meant to Oklahomans. As someone who grew up loving football, he began to imagine “how cool it would be to be in Oklahoma.”
Three months later, his father informed the family they’d be moving from Bozeman, Montana to Stillwater after he accepted a job coaching tight ends and fullbacks at OSU.
“I was excited,” McEndoo said. “I was absolutely jacked because not that everything is bigger down there in Oklahoma, it’s just football kind of means more.”
McEndoo’s excitement for his opportunity has shown on the field. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound athlete has started on the Stillwater High School varsity football team since his freshman year and had a breakout junior season. He recorded 56 tackles and 5 sacks as a defensive lineman and caught 10 passes for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns as a tight end and fullback.
With his size and skill, he has gained the attention of many college programs and has received offers from Montana State, Missouri Western State and Central Oklahoma.
McEndoo is No. 30 on The Oklahoman’s 2021 Super 30 list of the top high school recruits in the state.
But McEndoo wasn’t always a skill-position player. When he first arrived in Stillwater as a seventh grader, he was a 5-9, 205-pound offensive lineman. On the first day of practice, the skill positions were participating in 200-yard runs around the football field, and McEndoo, who switched to the tight end position, through the urging of his father, had to join them.
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“I was dying it was so hot,” McEndoo said. “It’s so humid down here. In Montana, it’s like dry heat in the summers and it snows in like August. So getting used to that was crazy.”
To get adjusted to the humid temperature, McEndoo began jogging on a dirt road in his free time.
It was an added workout to his already brutal schedule. Every morning at 6:30, the McEndoo family tends to their cattle and handles their farm chores. Most teenagers would despise slinging hay bales and carrying grain buckets early in the morning, but McEndoo views it as his very own Bo Jackson workout.
“It’s not that bad,” McEndoo said. “After doing it for nine years now, it’s kind of routine.”
But despite his newfound tolerance to the Oklahoma heat, he had a new challenge to face — Class 6A football.
“Bozeman High is about the same size but not as many kids populate the state so it only goes up to 2A,” McEndoo said. “So just the competition was crazy.
“We have so many good players, and then you get Bixby and Jenks and Mustang and everybody else. So the caliber of players is much higher. I had to raise my game.”
McEndoo has grown into a multi-position player and has proven vital to Stillwater’s success. The past two years, Stillwater has posted undefeated regular seasons. The Pioneers' only losses have come in the Class 6A-II state championship games by Bixby.
Stillwater scheduled Bixby for a non-conference game this season, and McEndoo already has the date memorized. He knows it’s not Bedlam, but it’s a rivalry he’s excited to be a part of in a state he’s happy to call home.
The Oklahoman’s Super 30
Name: Luke McEndoo
Super 30 ranking: No. 30
Weight: 235 pounds
Position: Defensive line, tight end, fullback
Committed to: Uncommitted
ABOUT THE SERIES
The Oklahoman’s Super 30 series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2021 class. The series began Saturday with No. 30, Stillwater's Luke McEndoo. See No. 29 on the list in Sunday's editions of The Oklahoman.