We know Mike Leach loves his quarterbacks, so it probably shouldn't be a huge surprise that WSU appears to have added a third quarterback to its 2013 class: Luke Falk, a prep signal caller out of Logan, Utah, told his local paper that he's now headed to Pullman in the fall.
Falk stands 6-4, 219 pounds and is rated a two-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout. He had been committed to play in the Ivy League at Cornell, but he said a coaching change there caused him to reconsider his options.
"After (Cornell coach Kent Austin) left (to the CFL), I was still committed and (Washington State) coach (Mike) Leach came in and recruited me pretty hard," Falk told the Deseret News. "I decided I wanted to go play Pac-12 ball — that’s my dream."
You might be wondering why WSU is adding another quarterback with Tyler Bruggman and Isaac Dotson already in the fold, but remember: Leach needs five quarterbacks who can throw just to run practice, and with the departures of Jeff Tuel, David Gilbertson and Cody Clements, WSU is a bit short in that regard. And really, Leach likes to collect quarterbacks the way most of us collected empty pounders on our table at The Coug.
According to the Deseret News, Falk threw for more than 5,100 yards and 50 TDs in his sophomore and senior seasons in an Air Raid offense, so there's a connection there.
You might be wondering about that junior season. Falk and his family decided to move to California so he could lead powerful Oaks Christian and presumably land a scholarship to a high profile college. He even reportedly had an offer from Florida State at that time. But he struggled in his three starts, and apparently also was homesick. So he came back home.
The phrase "diamond in the rough" gets tossed around in a cavalier way with WSU recruits, but if I was actually going to apply it genuinely to a kid, it seems like this might be a good place to do it.
"It was kind of what I was looking for in a college," Falk told the Deseret News. "It’s a small college town — it’s like Logan, where I’m from. It seems like they’ve got a more college environment, it’s small, they run my offense and everybody up there is pretty cool."
As for whether he's getting a scholarship? My guess is he's a preferred walk-on. He comes from an incredibly well-off family that I assume was going to pay his tuition out of pocket in the athletic scholarship-less Ivy League. But that's just conjecture.
(H/T jeremyb91 for the tip via firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!)
EDIT: Here's a highlight video from this past season. He threw for more than 3,600 yards.