Jake Rubley, the 4* quarterback jewel of the Wildcats’ 2021 recruiting class, has officially decided to relocate to West Des Moines, Iowa and will play for Valley High School this fall. Andy Yamashita of The Denver Post reported on the potential move Monday.
Ryan Wallace of GoPowercat (K-State’s 247 Sports Site) confirmed yesterday that young Mr. Rubley has indeed made the move from the Rocky Mountains to the cursed corn fields of Iowa.
Jake was considered the top overall prospect in Colorado for 2020, and was set to star for Highlands Ranch High School in Littleton, Colorado for his head coach/father T.J. Rubley, but then Covid-19 happened and everything has been turned on its head. The elder Rubley has connections in Iowa, and with the high school season in Colorado still up in the air, Jake decided to make the move to Valley High School. It was announced yesterday that Colorado will be one of those states postponing football until the spring, cementing Rubley’s move.
This is happening all over the country at the moment. Players with options (and the financial means) to move to states more likely to have football in the fall are packing their bags and hitting the road for their senior seasons. Players planning on graduating from high school early and joining their college team for spring practice are in a tough spot if they live in a state planning on pushing the high school football season to the spring.
While this must have been a difficult decision for Jake, it comes with an added bonus for the Wildcats. He’ll be teaming up with fellow K-State commit Jayden Williams in the backfield at Valley High School next season. Williams will be toting the rock and Rubley will be chucking it around the field for a loaded Tigers squad. The state of Iowa appears to be one of the prime destinations for high school transfers, with numerous players from the state of Illinois heading to the land of corn as well.
Like all of you, I have no idea what high school sports (or high schools in general) will look like the fall. Players transferring to a new school their senior year isn’t unprecedented, but it usually involves a move to athletic centered private schools like IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida or Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada and not public schools in Iowa. I would say this is a great opportunity to see Rubley and Williams play if you’re in the Midwest, but I doubt high school football programs will welcome out of state fans (they my not welcome anyone) this year.
On the positive side for me, this cuts down on the box scores I have to chase down to give you updates on Kansas State commits this fall. I do my best to be a glass half-full type of guy, but times are tough for an optimist these days.
Y’all stay safe.