Luton Looking For Fresh Start At Ventura

The past four months have been a whirlwind for 2017 Ventura QB Jake Luton (6-6, 235), but he's found a home with the Pirates and a he hopes a big season will show four-year schools he has what it takes to lead an offense at the next level...

"After spring ball at Idaho finished up (in April), I started to just evaluate things and decided it wasn't going to be the right place for me," Luton told just a day before the start of the Pirates' 2016 football season. "Basically, I wasn't getting the reps and I didn't see it changing anytime soon and I wanted to play, so I started to look around and I decided to head (to Ventura) because of the staff, but also because they have a great program and they had gotten three quarterbacks moved on to D-1 schools in the past year alone, so they have a great track record."

As a prep at Marysville (Wa.) Pillchuck, Luton ran the Wing-T so he wasn't able to put up big numbers and that didn't attract a lot of attention from four year schools, but he's been working on his mechanics and he said he's light-years ahead of where he was when he arrived as a freshman with the Vandals.

"I have worked a lot on my mechanics and my drops," Luton said. "In high school, I was playing a lot of baseball too, so my delivery wasn't very sound, but it's tightened up a lot since then and I feel like I am way ahead of where I used to be."

With his late enrollment at Ventura, he's had to get caught up to speed on the Pirate offense as well as working on timing with his receivers.

"I didn't enroll until early July, so it was pretty crazy with how busy I was studying film and meeting the receivers and throwing to them," Luton said. "I feel like I had a good camp though and I feel like I'm ready to show what I can do starting tomorrow night (vs. Santa Barbara)."

Because he enrolled at Ventura so late, no schools have yet to contact him regarding their interest in him, but that should change once schools get out and see what he can do.

Luton is on pace to finish up his degree in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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