SAN ANTONIO — Littleton (Colo.) Highlands Ranch four-star quarterback Jake Rubley is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 82 overall player in the entire country for the class of 2021. The 6-3, 195-pounder is a big-bodied, strong-armed kid that absolutely set things on fire as a sophomore. His offer list is up to six at this point and includes the likes of South Carolina, Colorado, Iowa, Northwestern and others.
One school that has been showing a great deal of interest lately is Notre Dame. Quarterbacks coach Tommy Rees was able to get Rubley on campus over the summer for camp and has been evaluating him closely ever since. This week, while in Texas for the Underclassmen Combine at the 2019 All-American Bowl, Rubley spoke about the Fighting Irish and much more.
“It would be huge,” said Rubley of a potential offer from Notre Dame. “Just to be known as one of the top players in the country, I guess if you’re offered by one of the top schools in the country, that would be incredible. It would mean a lot.”
Rubley spoke about his relationship with Rees, a bond that has grown significantly since he first arrived on campus over the summer for the Elite Skills Camp. He was named a top performer at the event.
“I love coach Rees,” said Rubley. “He’s a Notre Dame guy. He gets it. He’s been there, been at the highest level, he’s just a great guy and a great coach. We spent a lot of time together when I was up there. He stopped by my school during the evaluation period. It all means a lot.”
Rubley will have plenty more offers coming his way over name. He will have a national offer list. However, one things is clear — Notre Dame will be tough to beat if and when it jumps in the race.
“Personally, every offer is a dream come true, but my dad is a huge Notre Dame fan and he grew up around the school,” said Rubley. “That one would be great,” said Rubley. “He is from that Indiana-border area, so that offer would mean a lot to us. It would be an unbelievable experience.”
Rubley doesn’t claim a single favorite from his current offer list, but did touch on what stands out about a few of those schools.
“I know Northwestern is a big one. I love coach Fitz and coach McCall,” said Rubley. “Both are great guys and that is a great school. Iowa is there as well. My dad grew up as a big Iowa guy. That helps. I have a bunch of family that loves Iowa. South Carolina was the first to offer me. That was such an incredible day. Coach Werner is a guy that I’ve seen about five times. He’s a great coach and a great guy. They’ve showed a ton of interest.”
Rubley has had quite the past few months. The offers are starting to come in, he was ranked highly by 247Sports, his direct messages on Twitter are blowing up. All that said, Rubley is enjoying every minute.
“This is all pretty overwhelming. I get called out of class all the time and the coaches look at me funny and probably don’t like it. I really do love it though and it means a lot to have so many schools and coaches showing so much interest. It’s been a fun experience.”
Rubley says that he’ll visit Notre Dame again in April for the annual Blue-Gold Spring Game. He’s hoping to have an offer by that time or at the latest when that visit wraps up. In addition, he’ll be at Iowa’s spring game. He’s planning to commit at the end of his junior year, so he has plenty of time to rack up offers and make a final decision.
With the schools starting to line up to offer, Rubley says that Penn State, Oklahoma State, Michigan State and Wester Michigan are all showing a great deal of interest and could be close to offering if things continue to progress.
Per 247Sports, Rubley is the No. 4 pro-style quarterback nationally and No. 2 prospect in Colorado from the class of 2021.