CORVALLIS, Ore. – Quarterback Luke Del Rio signed a financial aid agreement to transfer to Oregon State University head coach Mike Riley announced Saturday.
Del Rio is a 6-2, 203-pound quarterback from Highlands Ranch, Colo., who spent the 2013 season as a true freshman at the University of Alabama, will participate in OSU’s spring drills beginning March 31.
“We are very excited that Luke has chosen to join the Oregon State Football program,”said. “He is an exceptional young man and will be a great representative of Beaver Nation on and off the field.”
A three-star recruit out of Valor Christian High School according to Rivals.com, Del Rio, who redshirted last season, will not be eligible to play in 2014 due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three years to play three beginning in 2015.
An Elite 11 finalist as senior in high school, Del Rio was rated as the No. 2 player in the state of Colorado and the No. 27 pocket passer nationally by ESPN.com, passed for 2,275 yards as a senior at Valor Christian with 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions leading the Eagles to the Colorado 5A State Championship. He was named a first team all-state selection by the Denver Post. As a junior in 2011, he threw for 2,580 yards and 20 touchdowns at Episcopal High School in Jacksonville, Fla.
The newest addition to the Oregon State football program is the son of former NFL player, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach and current Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio.
Del Rio is the second student-athlete to transfer to Oregon State since the season ended, joining offensive lineman Bobby Keenan from American River Community College. Keenan enrolled at OSU earlier this month.