When Jack Del Rio took the job as the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, few people considered the impact that decision could have on the local high school football scene. However, after a strong performance at the Elite 11 camp at the Columbus regional, Luke Del Rio may have cemented himself as the top prep QB in the state of Colorado.
Del Rio was so impressive in Columbus that he earned an invitation to the Elite 11 Finals, which includes the top QB prospects from across the country. Del Rio, who at this point only holds offers from Colorado St. and Oregon St. told Jon Mahoney of ESPNHS.com how much this invite meant to him:
"It means everything," said Del Rio, who holds offers from Colorado State and Oregon State. "I've been working my butt off the past two years. I love the advantages that come from my dad, but you end up being a label, 'Oh, you're Jack Del Rio's son,' instead of just Luke Del Rio. I'm proud of being my dad's son, but I don't want to be just a name."
With that added attention, it should only be a matter of time before Del Rio receives more offers. Might he receive one from Jon Embree and the Colorado Buffaloes? He and his father made an unofficial visit to Boulder, according to Lindsay Jones at the Denver Post:
@PostBroncos: Del Rio said he and Luke have taken an unofficial visit up to Boulder. Del Rio has known Jon Embree for years
With Colorado State already handing out an offer, the Buffs might want to compete with the Rams in trying to keep some talent inside the state borders.
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