SAN RAMON, Calif. -- On Sunday, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista quarterback Jake Haener said that he was due to call Middle Tennessee State offensive coordinator Tony Franklin in the next couple of days. He had a feeling he'd be getting an offer from the former California OC. On Tuesday, he did.
"He told me to give him a call, and he likes me," Haener said of Franklin. "He's followed me a lot, so he said, 'Give me a call tomorrow, and we'll talk.'"
It's no wonder why Franklin likes Haener. He's a dead ringer for Bears quarterback Luke Rubenzer -- a 6-foot-1, 190-pound dual threat quarterback with a sky-high completion percentage. Last season, Haener threw for 3,005 yards, completing 208 of 321 passes (64.8%), with 35 touchdowns to just six picks. As a sophomore, he completed 219 of 377 passes (58.1%) for 2,483 yards with 18 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.
He had several games of over 50 yards rushing, but ended the season in the negative in rushing yards because of sacks.
"We had a lot of injuries at O-line," Haener said. "They fared pretty well at the beginning, but it's tough. We had our first five, and then we had probably eight, nine guys playing at offensive line. We ran out of people to play offensive line."
"By March or April, my coach thinks Wazzu is going to offer, but I just need that first one," Haener said on Sunday. Now, he's got it.
Haener has visited both the Cougars (two times) and the Huskies (three times), and he went to Arizona State when Mike Norvell was still the offensive coordinator, but he has not spoken with the Sun Devils since Norvell left. He will visit Fresno State on Saturday, and will soon visit Middle Tennessee State.
He will also visit Utah, as well as Colorado State this spring.
"I want to be somewhere, where I know I'm going to play, and I'm definitely going to compete," said Haener. "But, I want to be somewhere, where I know I'm going to have a solid chance at playing and getting on the field. I might not be as tall as some of the other kids, but I know I can throw the ball just as well as anyone."