Jake Luton spent last season at Ventura Community College after spending two seasons at the University of Idaho, redshirting one of those seasons. As a redshirt freshman in 2015, was a back up for the Vandals playing in six games against some of their tougher opponents including USC and Auburn. Threw for nearly 400 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions, also rushed for nearly 75 yards and 5 touchdowns. Decided to transfer to Ventura, where he put up record setting numbers in route to a number of different accolades. In just one season, he became the programs leading passer, tossing 40 touchdowns and 3,551 yards, both school and career records. On top of the passing numbers, he also proved to be fairly mobile, rushing for 6 touchdowns and 175 yards. He was rated as a 3* QB by Scout, the #1 JUCO QB and 38th best overall JUCO player in the nation. He was named a consensus All-American, the Southern California Football Association Northern Conference Offensive Player of the Year, a unanimous 1st-team All-League selection, while also being a 6-time SCFA Offensive Player of the Week winner. He prepped at Washington’s Marysville-Pilchuck High School, just north of Everett, where he played alongside former 4* and current Washington Husky, Austin Joyner. Luton has worked extensively with QB guru and former Husky quarterback, Taylor Barton, who raves about Luton’s abilities and work ethic.
LEAD OSU RECRUITER:
Gary Andersen -- Lead
Kevin McGiven – Position
Cory Hall -- Area
Coach Andersen personally extended an offer to Luton following the Beavers loss to Utah in October. After receiving his offer, Luton committed the very next day. At the time, he hadn’t received any other offers but was hearing from Nevada and UNLV.
WHY OREGON STATE:
“I chose Oregon State because it was a great place for to get the opportunity to play right away at a school that’s close to home. I built a relationship with Coach Andersen early on and felt that I could trust that he and this program would put me in a position to be successful in football and in life. I also chose it because I know that this is a team on the rise and that we are going to turn a lot of heads and win a lot of ball games in my time here. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to become a Beaver!”
Delivers the ball from a strong base. Big arm able to make all the throws with a short throwing motion... Looking at his numbers will need to improve accuracy a bit as his completion percentage is a little lower than you'd like to see... Stands tall in the pocket and willing to take a hit to deliver ball to receiver. Mobile enough to extend plays and pick-up some yardage on ground… Worked primarily out of the shotgun formation while at Ventura CC, ran wishbone offense while at Marysville-Pilchuck HS in WA. Footwork has improved immensely since HS.
Ventura College Director of Player Personnel & Wide Receivers Coach,
“Jake is a special player with a rare skill set that you usually don’t find playing at the Junior College level. Similar to two Beaver greats, Derek Anderson and Sean Mannion, Jake is all of 6’6 220 lbs, which already plays to his advantage, being able to survey the field. Add his pocket awareness, footwork, good escapability and mix that with the arm strength of Aaron Rodgers, Jake can literally make any throw an NFL quarterback can make. A word of advice as well to fans from either team who attends an OSU game, home or away; don’t ever throw in the towel, never think a lead is safe or there’s not enough time left on the clock, because with Jake Luton, you’ll never be out of the fight.”
INSIDE THE COMMITMENT:
As the 2016 season progressed and injuries mounted at the quarterback position, which was already shorthanded when the season began, the coaching staff recognized a need for a 2nd QB who was game ready to be part of the 2017 class. As they scoured the JUCO ranks, one player immediately caught Coach Andersen’s eye, Luton. He was originally noticed by Coach Hall while he took in a Ventura game to check out cornerback Vosean Crumbie. With Luton’s desire to stay closer to home in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon State was nearly the perfect fit for him and actually a program he was somewhat familiar with already. In high school, Luton had taken a couple of unofficial visits to Corvallis while Mike Riley was still at the helm. Another benefit of gaining Luton as part of the program is he further strengthens the Beavers’ foothold in the greater Seattle area. In my communications with Luton, he appears to be someone who understands the importance of peer-to-peer recruiting and how influential a fellow recruit or a good host can be in helping secure future prospects. With the bevy of recent offers that have been extended to athletes from the Seattle area, Luton will undoubtedly be looked upon to help recruit these athletes to Corvallis.