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Golden Nuggets: Cal Commit Luke Rubenzer Outperforms Fellow Pac-12 Commits at Elite 11

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Previously unheralded Cal commit Luke Rubenzer turned in the strongest performance of all Pac-12 commits at last week's Elite 11.

Jamie Sabau

Cal commit Luke Rubenzer caught the attention of scouts at last week's Elite 11. Not only did he prove that he's one of the top QBs in the nation, he finished higher than all other Pac-12 commits.

The rising senior from Scottsdale, Ariz., was the only Pac-12 recruit and the only quarterback unranked among Scout.com’s top 63 prospects who made the list.

Two top Bay Area prospects at the event — including Stanford-bound Keller Chryst of Palo Alto — failed to earn positions among the final Elite 11. Also bypassed was Oregon commit Morgan Mahalic of Marin Catholic-Kentfield.
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Ten of the quarterbacks on the Elite 11 list are ranked by Scout, seven of them in the top-20.

The exception is Rubenzer, listed as a three-star prospect by Scout but unranked, perhaps because he stands just 6-feet tall. But Rubenzer completed nearly 69 percent of his passes last season, throwing 36 touchdowns.

In its final evaluations at the Elite 11 camp, ESPN.com wrote, "Rubenzer turned on his play in the second day of 7-on-7 play. … He isn’t the biggest prospect on the field, but he never let his limitations get in the way."

Rubenzer said he rarely pays attention to the rankings.

"When I do look at them, it’s more motivation to prove people wrong," he said. "It’s not a matter of me knowing I can do it. It’s just a matter of other people knowing.

"I’ve known for a long time I’m able to compete with the best and out-perform the higher-ranked kids."

Kudos to Dykes and Franklin for recognizing Rubenzer's talent so early.

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