As if the depth for Texas Tech's offensive line was not already thin enough, yet another offensive lineman will be leaving the program. Luke Heitshusen, a sophomore from Allen, Texas, announced on his Instagram Wednesday night that he will be leaving the team.
Here is the post he published on Wednesday night:
Dear Texas Tech, Thank you. Thank you for allowing a skinny ex basketball player in high school who only played one year of varsity football get to live out his 8th grade promise to his mom that he one day will play college football. It was a tough road a lot of people doubted me and it was only through relentless hours of hard work, thousands of PB&J's, gallons of chocolate milk, and hours upon hours at the student Rec Center that that dream was able to become a reality.I showed up 220 pounds soaking wet on a freezing February morning to an open try out and hours later was told a dream just became reality. I had done it. All those hours of hard work all those late nights.They all paid off. Well now two years has gone by and everyday I showed up to work and gave my all to this Texas Tech Football program. Wether it be leading developmental workouts or bringing the juice on scout team. I did what ever it took to be the best teammate I could be. I got to travel the country and play division one power five football something not a lot of people can say. I made life long friendships with players and with coaches. I know that everyday I showed up to that facility and I gave it my all,and no one can take away from me. But, life has a way of bringing you back down to reality. And the reality is I'm graduating in August and I'm not on scholarship. I've been blessed with the best support system in the world and I am set to graduate in August. A dream that had been a life long dream far before running out of that tunnel at Jones AT&T stadium. This experience has taught me that hard work doesn't only beat talent but hard work plus lots of faith beats any obstacle life will try and throw at you. But now I'm off, off to chase my life long dream of walking across that stage and getting handed a college degree in August. No I will not be finishing out my final year of eligibility but you will catch me striving to be the best teacher and coach in the nation. A teacher with a heart of gold and one that will give his heart to his students just like he gave his heart to a Red Raider Football team each and everyday. #RedRaiderforlife
Heitshusen is currently a history major at Texas Tech and joined the Red Raiders as a preferred walk-on. He saw his first action with the team in 2015 during the October 10th game against the Iowa State Cyclones.
He attended Allen High School and by his senior year, was a leader on the offensive line. That year, his school went undefeated, won a state championship, and finished as the second-ranked high school team in the country.
Heitshusen is now the fourth Tech offensive lineman to leave the program joining Justin Murphy, Conner Dyer, and Cody Wheeler. Thank you Luke for your commitment to this football team these past two years. I and others here at VTM wish you the best of luck going forward!