Bears Use the Force

Luke Rubenzer makes the call and commits to California after receiving a Wednesday offer following a Sunday camp in Berkeley.


Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro quarterback Luke Rubenzer came to Berkeley on Sunday with not even a promise of an offer. He came for the chance to compete against several other quarterbacks from as far away as Florida for the chance -- only the chance – to be the California football staff's favored signal caller.

After taking several days to review the tape and take his calipers and jeweler's loop to each of the QBs in attendance on Sunday, Golden Bears offensive coordinator Tony Franklin plucked one out of the group, and extended a scholarship offer. Rubenzer -- the 6-foot, 185-pound firecracker -- accepted.

"His philosophy is throwing through windows," Rubenzer said of Franklin. "We've got a good line at our school, and everyone is 6-2 or above, so having him telling me that height isn't a big deal, that's another thing that's made me so confident in him, and my decision to go to Cal. He tells me height doesn't matter. If you can play, you can play."

Recently named to the Elite 11 Finals in Beaverton, Ore., from June 28-July 3, Rubenzer is not the biggest quarterback in the 2013 class, but he's unfailingly accurate. Last season, Rubenzer completed 145 of 211 passes (68.7%) for 2,834 yards for Saguaro, with 36 touchdowns to just six interceptions.

Because in the new Bear Raid offense, a quarterback's size matters less than his mobility, Rubenzer is uniquely suited to the Tony Franklin System, having run 138 times last season for a total of 1,184 yards and 10 touchdowns, as the Sabercats' leading rusher.

"One thing that he really liked about me was my ability to run," Rubenzer said.

After local quarterback -- and fellow Elite 11 invitee -- Manny Wilkins chose Arizona State last month, and after No. 1 quarterback Kyle Allen spurned both Arizona and the Sun Devils, Arizona State went after Rubenzer to potentially become one of two quarterbacks in their class, but the hometown team never offered.

After Air Force, San Jose State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Navy, Columbia, UNLV, Weber State and Wyoming all extended scholarships, Rubenzer took this past weekend to visit UCLA and California, where he was given the thumbs up by head coach Sonny Dykes at the Bears' one-day camp. It also doesn't hurt matters much that Rubenzer boasts a 4.2 GPA.

"The factor that they got in first was more important than being the only one, instead of one of two," Rubenzer said of the Bears. "I told my head coach that if they offered, I would commit, and they did, so it didn't take long for me to say yes."

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