As Sonny Dykes takes over as head coach of the Cal Bears, he is wating little time in putting his stamp on his first real recruiting class. While he put together a good class in 2013, he didn’t have the time to truly target all the players he would have wanted for his system. That will change next season and has already started with the commitment of quarterback Luke Rubenzer.
Rubenzer won’t wow many scouts with his size at just 6-foot and 180 pounds and his 40 time runs in the 4.75 range. That hasn’t stopped him from being an incredibly productive dual threat quarterback. As a junior, he threw for 2,834 yards and 36 touchdowns while rushing for 1,184 yards, averaging around nine yards per carry, with 10 rushing touchdowns.
All of that added up to an invitation to the Elite 11 quarterback camp where he competed with the top quarterback prospects in the country. While he hasn’t been highly recruited up to now by college football powerhouses, he has gotten a ton of attention from non-BCS programs, including a number of offers from the Ivy League (a good sign for the academic rigors of Berkeley).
That likely won’t be the case for long, however, now that Rubenzer has had a coming out at the Elite 11 camp. The UCLA Bruins and Oregon Ducks have both zeroed in on the prospect and the Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils would undoubtedly like to keep the Scottsdale native in the state.
But none of that will likely matter as Rubenzer seems very happy with his choice. He has called Cal a perfect fit and doesn’t think there is any other school that he would consider or want to visit. Dykes is equally excited for the dynamic playmaker and his dual threat ability running the up-tempo Dykes offensive system.
For now, it looks like a perfect fit. A prospect that can’t see himself playing anywhere else and a team that can make the most of his skill set. Will it pan out on National Signing Day?