Height doesn’t stand in way of Pac-12 shot for Saguaro QB Luke Rubenzer
The Saguaro football program is no stranger to standout football quarterbacks.
Tim Ruben was the Tribune’s Player of the Year in 2007 after leading the Sabercats to a pair of state championships. Little brother Teddy earned the honor after winning his own title as a senior in 2010.
However, their smaller builds led to a dearth of college scholarship offers, as Tim walked on at Boise State and Teddy went to Air Force.
Luke Rubenzer seemed to be following that mold, as he starred as the Saguaro signal-caller in his sophomore and junior seasons (2,834 passing yards, 1,184 rushing yards, 46 total TD last year), but, before this week, had yet to garner a big-time scholarship offer.
However, the 6-foot, 185-pound senior excelled in offseason throwing sessions and was rewarded with an offer from California earlier this week, one which he accepted on Thursday. Rubenzer went to a camp in Berkeley on Sunday and told offensive coordinator Tony Franklin he would commit if offered.
Franklin brought the idea to new coach Sonny Dykes, who pulled the trigger, ending the tense waiting game for Rubenzer.
“It’s definitely taken a lot of patience,” Rubenzer said. “Obviously I know what I can do, and I thought eventually it would come, but I did have to wait and be patient. When it did come, though, it was so exciting.”
Rubenzer said he used to watch the Bears on TV as a freshman and sophomore and immediately gravitated to their style of play. His trip to the campus over the weekend reinforced his interest.
“You really can’t beat the combination of superior football and academics,” Rubenzer said.
Rubenzer is the second quarterback recruit in the East Valley to make a verbal commitment to a college, joining Desert Mountain’s Kyle Allen (Texas A&M). He had interest in San Jose State, Air Force and Navy, but jumped on the Pac-12 offer quickly.
“It shows a lot about them that they believe in me,” Rubenzer said.