For Luke Rubenzer, camp season feels a lot more like tryout season. Then, he doesn't mind much.
For now, the three-star quarterback holds nine scholarship offers. For now, not one of them is from a BCS-level school. For now, Rubenzer is on a quest of sorts - a quest that will get started in his hometown.
When top-ranked pro-style quarterback Kyle Allen cut Arizona State from his list last week, the Sun Devils turned their attention to Rubenzer, another local product. There's no offer on the table yet, but the Scottsdale Saguaro High School junior will get a chance to earn his invitation live and in person.
"It's next week," Rubenzer said of Arizona State's team camp. "I'm going there to earn my way. I like some of the offers I have right now - they're all Mountain West and the academy schools pretty much - they're all good schools. I like some of them a lot. But if I could get that Pac 12 offer from ASU, it would be a big one for me. Especially being able to stay close to home if it comes down to that. It would be big to pick up an offer from ASU."
Other major schools are also buzzing around Rubenzer. With Allen now down to just five options, his skill set has become more appealing. With less coaches chasing the hyper-touted prospect down the street, there's more heat surrounding the No. 2 passer in the Grand Canyon State.
"Andy Ludwig, the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin, came down the week of finals and said hello real quick. Actually, I was talking to Kyle Allen yesterday, and he told me I was after him on Wisconsin's board. He told me not to be surprised if they move in soon. I'm just waiting for them and it seems like they are going to pretty soon."
Then, there's the situation at California, which resembles the spot he's in with Arizona State. Rubenzer will make the trip west to Berkley soon enough. Already, his intentions are clear. Having fun at a college camp is pretty low on his list of things to do in Northern California. He doesn't intend to leave the Golden Bears' campus empty handed.
This, like every camp he'll hit this summer, is business. Pressure? You bet.
"I talk to Coach [Tony] Franklin a lot over at Cal," Rubenzer said. "I'm going to Cal's camp next weekend, so hopefully I can get an offer there, too. I know Coach Franklin is really high on me. The head coach just wants to see some of the quarterbacks before they make an offer."
In addition to the 4,018 total offensive yards he accumulated as a junior, Rubenzer scored 46 total touchdowns and tossed six interceptions. He has set no timetable for a verbal commitment.
"I do have a couple offers that I like already, but I probably won't be committing anytime soon," Rubenzer said. "I have a favorite out of my offers, kind of, but I'd rather not saying anything right now."