This past weekend Jake Luton traveled to Corvallis to take in the Civil War matchup against Oregon. Out of high school, the Pacific Northwest native, attended the University of Idaho. After two seasons in Moscow, he transferred to Ventura College in California with the hopes of proving he could compete and earn an opportunity to continue playing at another four-year institution
He did just that this fall as he set school records for passing yards (both season & career), passing touchdowns (both season & career) and the single season touchdown mark with 46 scores.
Luton, who originally hails from Marysville, Washington, grew up watching the Apple Cup rivalry. When the opportunity arose to take in his first Civil War, he jumped on it. Having not been on the Oregon State campus since his junior year of high school, he enjoyed seeing all of the new facilities around campus.
“With the rain and everything, it really made it feel like I was back home. It was a pleasant welcome back to the Pacific Northwest. I had a great visit. It was a really solid weekend and I came away with positives from just about every perspective that I was looking from coming in. Getting to tour all of the new facilities that they’re building and see the plans for others was pretty cool,” he told BeaverBlitz.
When we spoke with him prior to his visit, Luton mentioned that there were two primary reasons for moving his official visit up a week. One was to continue to build relationships with his future teammates, both recruits and current players.
“It was a great opportunity to be there on campus and really get to know some of the other guys there on my visit. You know, all of these guys can ball so it was good to be there with them and build upon those relationships that we had.
His other reason was to take in the Civil War and the rivalry that it is. From the excitement surrounding the game to the atmosphere inside and outside Reser Stadium, it lived up to the hype of the oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi River. The relevance and importance of a win over Oregon was not lost upon him.
“A win against Oregon is huge and was really the primary reason why I wanted to be up there this weekend was to be there for that win and they pulled it off. It was really something to watch. It was an awesome atmosphere that rivaled any Apple Cup that I had seen before.”
There was one question that Luton wanted answered while he was in Corvallis. When could he move up and start his Oregon State career?
“I will be up there for the start of winter quarter, so the beginning of January. I was glad to get it figured out so that I can be up there for spring ball. The next step is, over the next couple weeks, setting up my academic plan moving forward. I’m studying sociology so need to get classes and schedules figured out.”
BeaverBlitz will catch back up with Jake as the Junior College early enrollee signing day approaches.