QB Luke Del Rio transferring to Oregon State

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Luke Del Rio was a three-star recruit out of Littleton, Colo. (USATSI)
Luke Del Rio was a three-star recruit out of Littleton, Colo. (USATSI)

Another name has been added to Oregon State's future quarterback depth chart -- and it's a name that's more famous than most.

Luke Del Rio, son of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, will play for the Beavers after transferring from Alabama, Mike Riley announced Saturday:

A walk-on with the Crimson Tide, Del Rio spent one season in Tuscaloosa (and redshirted) after spurning scholarship offers from Oregon State, Oklahoma State, Colorado State, and others. He tweeted Jan. 15 that he would be leaving Alabama.

After sitting out a transfer season, he will be eligible for the Beavers in 2015, with three years of eligibility remaining.

"We are very excited that Luke has chosen to join the Oregon State football program," Riley said in a statement. "He is an exceptional young man and will be a great representative of Beaver Nation on and off the field."

Del Rio was a three-star recruit coming out of Valor Christian high school in Littleton, Colo., who he led to a 2012 5A state championship while posting a 28-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. The 247Sports composite rating ranked him the No. 33 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2013.

With three-year starter Sean Mannion set to graduate after the 2014 season, the Beavers' starting quarterback job will be up for grabs in 2015, and Del Rio figures to be in the mix. Other candidates include freshmen Kyle Kempt and Brandon VanderVeen, and potentially former Cal quarterback Zach Kline if he is able to follow through on his reported interest in transferring to Oregon State as well.

 
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