It didn't take 6-foot-6, 220 pound quarterback Jake Luton too long to decide where he wanted to further his college education. Oregon State offered the Ventura College standout on Tuesday evening and by Wednesday he knew that he was ready to be a Beaver.
"It has gone really fast," Luton said. "I had a good conversation with Coach Andersen and the offensive coordinator and they told me that they liked what they saw on film and they thought that I could come in and help them."
Originally Luton, a Marysville, Washington native signed with Idaho and spent two seasons in Moscow. He saw limited action and decided that his dream was to play big time football in the PAC 12.
Luton transferred to Ventura College in the hopes of catching the eye of coaches and he has been the starter there all season. In six games, Luton has passed for 1,729 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Catching the eye of the PAC 12 he did.
"Coming out of high school I really liked Oregon State and was able to check out the school and Corvallis then," he said. "I remember watching Sean Mannion. It has been my dream to play in the PAC 12 and I am really excited to be coming back up to the Pacific Northwest.
"It is beautiful in Ventura, but I miss the trees and some rain," he laughed.
Quarterback coach Taylor Barton, with the Barton Football Academy, has worked with Luton for several years and sees plenty of potential.
"Jake is a kid who I saw the summer before his senior year and said to myself, that kid is an NFL guy," Barton said. "At the time, he was rough around the edges, but we've been working together over the last two years and he's gotten better and better."
"You can't teach his size and arm strength," Barton continued. "He's got a quick release to go with his strong arm strength and he has great feet in the pocket and can move well for a guy his size."
Luton will have two years to play two and will be finishing up at Ventura in December and will arrive in time for the start of Winter Term.
"I'm a two for two transfer and my number one priority is to come up and help Oregon State win some games," he said.