Rubenzer's recruiting path could soon change

The elusive BCS conference team offer has yet to arrive for Luke Rubenzer, but two upcoming Pac-12 school visits this weekend could dramatically change the recruiting process for the Scottsdale Saguaro (Ariz.) quarterback. Devils Digest caught up with the local signal caller to discuss those prospects as well as his recruitment with Arizona State.

Ever since Arizona State recruited their current running back, D.J. Foster, they have been keeping tables on his Sabercats teammate, Luke Rubenzer. The Saguaro standout had a stellar junior season where he completed 69% of his passes and threw for 2,834 yards, 36 TDs versus and six interceptions. On the ground Rubenzer rushed for 1,184 yards and ten scores. Following that campaign he felt that the hometown school's interest has been on a steady incline.

"After Manny Wilkins committed to them," Rubenzer said, "Coach Norvell talked to me right away and told me how excited he was to recruit me and that he really liked my game. Last night I was at ASU's passing league and he talked to me a lot there. So things have really picked up with them.

"They haven't offered me yet but said they were super close to doing so. They said I was a topic of conversation there pretty much every day. I guess there is really nothing I can do but just be patient."

Several Mountain West schools such as Air Force, San Jose State, New Mexico and New Mexico State have offered Rubenzer, and he is generally the primary quarterback target those teams. The signal caller knows that receiving and accepting an offer from a major conference school could very well mean that he will be the second quarterback chosen for them in the 2014 class.

Rubenzer said that he hasn't decided yet if one scenario is more attractive for him than the other.

"It just really depends on the school that best fits me," Rubenzer explained. "With a school like ASU, it's good that it's close to home and if they take two quarterbacks so be it. It's just going to be about competition and when you compete you get better. I feel that no matter what school I go to there will be competition. You're just looking for a good opportunity.

"But I also respect a school like San Jose State who's still high on my list because they told me I'm the only quarterback they offered and that shows how much they want me there. So that's important"

Rubenzer, who was recently invited to the national Elite 11 event, one of the most prestigious quarterback camps in the nation, is naturally holding out for higher caliber offers. He feels that there is a good chance that one or two Pac-12 schools could extend a scholarship offer in the next few days.

The Sabercat signal caller will visit UCLA on Friday and California on Sunday, and said that both programs have been certainly providing him with very positive feedback.

"I've been talking to Coach Mazzone at UCLA for a long time," Rubenzer said. "He told me that they really like me a lot, but before Kyle (Allen) committed he said it was hard for him to recruit two quarterbacks who live five minutes from each other. That's understandable and now that Kyle is committed elsewhere, Mazzone sounded really excited about me getting out there and they are showing a lot more interest.

"Coach Franklin at Cal has been telling me for a while that I'm one of his favorite quarterbacks he's recruiting, if not his most favorite. He told me that before they offer the head coach is going to want to see me. So going to their camp should be a good thing for me, being in front of the head coach showing him what I can do."

Does Rubenzer feel that when he returns back home from visiting both schools that he will have at least one offer between the tandem of programs?

"I'm really hoping so," Rubenzer admitted. "It would be great to get one of the two, if not both of them. They are both great programs. If they do offer me when I'm there, I'm still going to go back home before I make a decision. But I still think I would make a decision soon after I got home.

"I feel because I'm a quarterback I need to make a decision early, and also with Cal Coach Franklin told me that they are taking just one quarterback. As far I know UCLA is taking two. So getting an offer from one of those schools will be big for me, and a school like Cal will stop looking for a quarterback if I committed to them."

The quarterback knows that a Cal and/or UCLA offer could prompt ASU to follow suit. Rubenzer said that this scenario will make his resolution that much harder to arrive at.

"It would be a tough pick," Rubenzer noted. "But if I get those offers I'll be done with my recruitment this time next week. So it is possible that I will be done very quickly.

"The process has been really testing my patience and I know I have been overshadowed by a quarterback like Kyle. But once he did commit my recruitment has really picked up so it looks like my patience will pay off. Hopefully I'm committed before the Elite 11, but if not I know that if I do well there that will raise my stock a little bit and open up other opportunities."


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