Highly Ranked High School Quarterback Considers Moving States To Play Senior Year

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Jake Rubley plays quarterback for Highlands Ranch High School in Colorado; he is the 19th-ranked quarterback in the class of 2020 by 247 and is a Kansas State commit. The state of Colorado has not yet said either way whether there will be football season this Fall, and Rubley told the Denver Post that he might consider transferring to Valley High School in Des Moines, Iowa for his senior season.

“You work your whole life to play football,” Rubley said in a story published Monday. “And your senior season should be the most fun season you play.”

On Tuesday, 247 upped the ante, reporting that Rubley “intends” to transfer to Valley, in a move at least partially propelled by the fact that their star running back Jayden Williams is a fellow Kansas State recruit. Williams told 247 that Rubley attended the Iowa high school team’s last two days of camp plus a team bonfire, and that they’ve been talking on Snapchat about this possibility since June.

This is a pretty wild story, but I also wonder if it’s something we might see more of in the coming weeks?

UPDATE: A friend wrote in that this wouldn’t be the first time this has happened in 2020. J.J. McCarthy, a Michigan QB commit, decided in May to transfer from a school in Illinois to IMG Academy in Florida.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Hey Ryan,
    Is he class of 2021? Either way, there’s probably a bunch of Cali QBs – and position players – I’m sure, and who knows if the Gov will let them play. Talk about pissed!!!!!
    Say, those towns are 695 miles apart and both high schools are public. I guess no problem with residency requirement for the school district? Cash on the barrelhead?
    Reminds me a bit of “KUSH” in Jerry Maguire (though that was college to pros). Thanks for a fun read!

  2. He’s probably transferring. My son was literally just informed that football is pushed to March 4th in Colorado. Fucking Coronabros just stole another season from him as he can’t play both Lacrosse and Football at the same time.

    I hope the decision makers here all get a massive case of Volcano Ass.

  3. Here’s a thought… for those kids whose home states have moved high school football to the spring, could there be a case of an athlete moving to a school out of state, playing football in that state in the fall, then returning to their hometown after the first semester, and playing football for their original school in the spring? I know there are eligibility obstacles that the student-athlete would have to get through, but I have seen from my playing days kids transfer to a new school within the county of their old school, then decide to transfer back to their original school, and be ruled eligible to play within weeks, so I think theoretically, it could be done.

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