Saguaro quarterback Luke Rubenzer commits to Cal after offer

Saguaro quarterback Luke Rubenzer commits to Cal after offer


Saguaro quarterback Luke Rubenzer commits to Cal after offer


Scottsdale Saguaro 2014 quarterback Luke Rubenzer had more than 10 football scholarship offers, but nothing as big as the one that came through this week.

When California offered on Wednesday, the 6-foot, 190-pound dual threat immediately accepted. New offensive coordinator Tony Franklin asked him to wait a day to give Cal a chance to tell the other quarterback recruits it got the guy it wanted.

Franklin, who was the OC at Louisiana Tech, where the Bulldogs led the nation in scoring offense last season (51.50 points a game), liked Rubenzer since seeing his film. But he needed to get him out to Cal’s camp, in front of head coach Sonny Dykes. That came over the weekend during a camp at Berkeley.

“If we sat down and went over 100 schools, I don’t think Luke would have found a better school for him,” said Saguaro coach Jason Mohns, who pointed out that Rubenzer has a better than 4.3 grade-point average. “We’re running Cal’s offense.

“He’s pumped. He’s worked his butt off on the field and in the classroom. He’s got a huge weight off his shoulders.”

Rubenzer is the second quarterback from the 2014 class to commit with out-of-state colleges. Last week, Scottsdale Desert Mountain quarterback Kyle Allen committed to Texas A&M.

Last season, Rubenzer passed for nearly 3,000 yards and ran for more than 1,000 yards inn an offense that will look much like Cal this season. Mohns and some of his staff spent some of the off-season at Cal, studying Franklin’s offense.

It’s a shotgun, spread, quick passing offense that fits Rubenzer perfectly.

Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator, Andy Ludwing, and Franklin were the first two coordinators from major colleges to recruit Rubenzer not based on the prototypical quarterback measurements but on how dynamic he is with the football in his hands.

Wisconsin, however, never gave a scholarship offer. Cal did after seeing how well he performed at its camp.

“Franklin was the second big-time coordinator to say, ‘I don’t care about his size; we’re going to recruit him hard; we want him to go to our camp,’ ” Mohns said. “He’s liked Luke from Day One.”

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