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June 13, 2013
3-star QB Luke Rubenzer commits to Cal
Dual-threat 3-star quarterback Luke Rubenzer went into the Sonny Dykes Football Camp in Berkeley on Sunday hoping for an offer.
The offer came, and just four days later, so did the commitment.
Rubenzer committed to California on Thursday, four days after attending the Bears' one-day camp.
"I'd been planning the trip to Cal for a while, and ended up camping at UCLA the day before. Then my dad and I flew up to the Bay Area. We spent pretty much the whole day at Cal. In the morning, Coach Franklin showed us around the facilities. My dad and I hung out in Berkeley for a bit, and then we headed up for the camp. After taking everything in, I told my dad that I'd commit to Cal if I got an offer.
"I called Coach Franklin yesterday and told him I was ready to commit. Then I woke up this morning and my dad asked me how I felt. And I felt good. I felt excited.
"To have most of the summer to just focus on my senior season and trying to win another state championship is nice. I'm excited to be committed to Cal."
The 6-foot, 186-pounder threw for 2,834 yards as a junior on 145-for-211 passing. He had 36 touchdowns and six interceptions, but maybe most interestingly to the Bears, he also ran for 1,184 yards and 10 scores on 138 attempts.
"I can run, but I don't really consider myself a dual-threat quarterback. I threw for 36 touchdowns last season. I rely on my arm first. The fact that I can run helps, but I'm a pass-first guy. I'm also a competitor. It doesn't matter if it's football or ping-pong, if I'm competing, I want to win."
Rubenzer beat out Florida 3-star Sean White, Keaton Dunsford of Cardinal Newman, Marcus McMaryion of Dinuba, and Robert Webber of Corona Centennial for the one and only offer the Bears extended following the one-day camp. The Bears have extended just four offers to quarterbacks this cycle.
"The thing that most impressed me were the tradition and the academics. My parents have always felt strongly about academics, and I do too. Cal is at the top. This was my first trip to the Bay Area, and it was great.
"I can honestly say there wasn't one thing that really stood out to me, because everything was great. The Bay Area is the kind of place I can feel good about calling home for four or five years."
Rubenzer becomes the fifth commit in the Bears' 2014 class joining 4-star safety Koa Farmer, 3-star wideout Jalen Harvey, 3-star running back Tre Watson, and 2-star defensive end Isadore Outing.
He already shares one thing in common with someone in his Cal class: Harvey and Rubenzer both received invites to the Elite 11.
"It's going to be great to be up in Oregon for the Elite 11. I'm actually over at (Texas A&M commit) Kyle Allen's house right now, studying the playbook."