- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
If this past weekend is any indication, Luke Rubenzer (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) is going to be a name heard quite frequently during the 7-on-7 season. The 6-foot, 180-pound quarterback shared duties for a loaded Arizona squad that came out firing at the NLA 7-on-7 Las Vegas.
With high school teammate Christian Kirk (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro), to go along with standout receivers Tyler Whiley (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) and Jalen Brown (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe), Rubenzer had a loaded group of receivers to work with. And when Brown returns from a shoulder injury he suffered early on in the tournament, this team will certainly be heard from again in future tournaments.
"It's a blast," Rubenzer said of playing with such a talented group. "I'm used to having Christian to work with, but when you throw in the other guys, it's just a blast. This is the most fun I've ever had."
Rubenzer already holds scholarship offers from Air Force and Navy, and the dual-threat quarterback said he is hearing from Boise State and Georgia Tech, in addition to Ivy League schools such as Columbia, Harvard and Princeton.
"There's a bunch of interest from schools, but nothing too heavy right now," Rubenzer said. "I think I'm going out to Boise State's spring game in April, where they are having the spring game and junior day on the same weekend. Other than that, I'm just trying to get bigger and faster, preparing for next season."
Though he rushed for 1,184 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, Rubenzer said he is glad to participate in an envorinment where his running ability is largely limited.
"In the games out here, you get to show all your talents, but it highlights the passing game," Rubenzer said. "You get to work on your reads and some arm strength and go through all your progressions. It's fun."