Son of NFL coach commits to Oklahoma St.
QB Luke Del Rio
QB Luke Del Rio
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted May 31, 2012
Greg Biggins, National Recruting Analyst


Few players have seen their stock rise more this past spring than Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian quarterback Luke Del Rio. On Thursday, the signal caller decided to shut down the recruiting process and commit to Oklahoma State.

Luke Del Rio, who moved to Colorado from Florida just a few months ago after his father, Jack Del Rio, was named the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, received an offer last Friday from Oklahoma State. After thinking it over for a week, the signal caller has decided to commit to the Cowboys.

"I'm very excited to be a Cowboy," Luke Del Rio said. "Honestly, when (Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd) Monken offered me last week, I wanted to commit on the spot. My dad said it was too soon and I had to sleep on it a little. The thing was, I was so excited. I couldn't even sleep.

"Recruiting was getting stressful, and now to know where I'll be the next four or five years of my life is just a great feeling."

The quarterback also had offers from Colorado State and Oregon State.

Luke Del Rio took a visit to Oklahoma State a year ago, and it made a big impression on him.

"I went to the Oklahoma State-Oklahoma game last year and just had an incredible time," he said. "I toured the campus and the facilities too, and it's really a great place.

"The facilities are the best I've ever seen and that includes all the NFL facilities I've been to. I love the coaching staff, and I've known Coach Monken since I was 11. He coached wide receivers for my dad at Jacksonville so I know his son, his wife, it's like a second family to me. That staff is intense, but they make it fun too and I'm excited to learn from them."

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The offense and recent success with quarterbacks also played a role.

"I want to play in the NFL someday, that's my dream," the younger Del Rio said. "They run a pro-style offense that features the passing game. The last few quarterbacks they have had have been very successful, and it's the perfect offense for me, it fits me really well."

Luke Del Rio has had a very impressive spring throwing the football. He lit up the Elite 11 and NIKE Camp in Columbus and was selected for the final Elite 11 in Redondo Beach, Calif., shortly after the event.

Luke Del Rio still made it out to the Elite 11 in Oakland, Calif., and again impressed with a strong and accurate arm, quick release and athletic body. He can spin it well and was one of the few quarterbacks that day able to throw the ball consistently through what was a very heavy wind.

Del Rio is Oklahoma State's eighth commit for the 2013 class and fifth this week.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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