It’s been a long time coming, but finally, Marysville-Pilchuck QB Jake Luton made his college choice earlier this week when he called Idaho head coach Paul Petrino and told him he wanted to play for the Vandals.
“They were all really happy,” an excited Luton told Northwest Elite Index. “I called coach Petrino and when I got ahold of him he asked if I was calling to make his day and I said ‘I guess I am…I want to come play for Idaho’. He was really excited and then he tracked down coach (Bryce) Erickson who coaches the quarterbacks and he got on the phone with me and he said he was really happy and excited to have me come and play there.
“They offered me back in the summer and they have been recruiting me pretty consistently the whole time. They are definitely rebuilding there, but they’ve got a great staff there and I like where the program is headed and I love their offense. It’s perfect for me, so it was just the right fit.”
Besides his offer from the Vandals, Luton was also talking quite a bit with Wyoming, UNLV, Portland State and Idaho State.
This season, Luton has helped lead the Tomahawks to 8-0 record and they are poised for a playoff run although he hasn’t put up big numbers just because his team runs the ball on 80% of their plays.
“I just make my plays when I get the chance. I’m a team guy, so I don’t get caught up in the numbers too much,” Luton told NEI back in the summer.
Luton is also considered to be a very good baseball player and could be drafted next summer in the MLB Amatuer Draft and he said while he’s not planning to play baseball at Idaho at this point, he’s open to the possibility.
“I love baseball and would hate to think that this spring could be my last year playing it, so we’ll see, but my first focus is playing football for the Vandals and that’s where my focus will be when I get there,” Luton added.
Luton will lead Marysville-Pilchuck into battle this Friday when they take on Glacier Peak at home to close out the regular season schedule.