Jake Luton is no stranger to the recruiting process and how important it is for a program to be successful. The former Idaho Vandal played the role of host for recruits on official visits, so he’s comfortable in the role of being a recruiter. That’s just what he has done in taking it upon himself to help spread the message of Beavers’ Head Coach Gary Andersen; get on board, work your tail off and let’s make Oregon State football something special.
With the big recruiting weekend set up for the Civil War game, Luton wanted to be on campus to do his part in getting others to join the ranks of the Beavers’ commitment list.
“In today’s world with Twitter, things get around. So when I see a guy who gets offered or commits, I’ve reached out to them or they reach out to me. I’ve talked with a few guys that are committed and a few guys that we’re trying to get up there, I just want to do everything I can to do help the staff out in getting some of these guys. That’s one of the big reasons why I’m coming up this weekend, with all of these guys that are thinking about joining us at Oregon State, I wanted to be there to do everything I can to make sure we get them on board.”
Originally scheduled to take his official visit the first weekend of December, Luton talked about what else lead to the switch to this weekend. Luton, who originally hails from Marysville, Washington, so he grew up on the Apple Cup and is intrigued with the opportunity to take in the Civil War.
“I had originally planned to take my visit on December 2nd, but since we ended up losing last weekend in the playoffs, it opened up things for this weekend. Having this be Civil War weekend and with all the hype around it, it was an opportunity that I didn’t want to pass up. I’m anxious to see the rivalry between Oregon & Oregon State in the Civil War.”
While in high school, Luton had an opportunity to take in Oregon State in an unofficial capacity but he admits a lot has changed around there since then. A lot of which he is looking forward to seeing firsthand this weekend.
“I’m hoping to get kind of a well rounded dose of what Oregon State has. I’m looking forward to seeing the new facilities, meeting all the staff and some of the guys, then checking out campus, the academics and the city of Corvallis.”
Despite only playing one season at Ventura College, the signal caller became the program’s all time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns & total touchdowns. Jake, who was just named Offensive Player of the Year for his conference, has been in talks with the coaches about what they expect from him once he arrives on campus.
“I plan on being up there for the spring and in talking with the coaches, I expect a lot out of myself and I think they expect a lot out of me as well. So when I get up there, I fully expect myself to compete for the job and try to be the starting guy. I feel like everyone should really have that mentality. In the discussions I’ve had with the coaches, I feel confident in the opportunity that I have to come in and just compete my tail off.”
We’ll catch back up with Jake and the rest of the visitors to Oregon State this weekend, as their time on campus wraps up.