Littleton (Colo.) Valor Christian quarterback Luke Del Rio opened up his recruitment on Tuesday, decommitting from Oklahoma State after the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator Todd Monken left to become the head coach at Southern Miss. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound son of Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is currently in Tuscaloosa, visiting Alabama.
Del Rio is visiting Alabama after decommitting from Oklahoma State earlier in the week.
“I’m pretty familiar with Alabama. I went to their camp as a freshman and sophomore and kind of fell in love with it. My sister goes here and I have a lot of family pretty close to here. I picked up my relationship with Coach Saban and Coach Nuss pretty recently. It’s another great option,” said Del Rio.
“It’s Alabama- it pretty much speaks for itself. They have a great winning tradition and aren’t going to change their pro-style system. I think it’s another great fit.”
“They do have two quarterbacks committed. They’re both very good. I had a chance to play with Cooper at Elite11. He’s extremely talented and a great guy. We keep in touch. I haven’t seen Parker play in person, but I’ve seen some of the stuff on the internet and he’s also very talented.
"I’d be a preferred walk on here and hopefully soon to earn a scholarship if I were to come here. That’s not something that I’m afraid to do. I’ve done some pretty radical things before, going to three different schools. I’m not exactly afraid to take a leap of faith. That wouldn’t be a reason why I wouldn’t come here.”
Del Rio plans on further visiting with the Tide coaches later this week as they return from the road.
“Coach Saban and Coach Nuss (Doug Nussmeier) are out on the road. They will be back tomorrow and the next day. I talked to Coach Nuss last night and he said he’d be back Thursday and we’ll talk. He reiterated that it would be a good fit for me and I’d have to walk on, but they have a spot for me here. Just like any other college, there’s going to be people there that you have to beat out and compete.”
Prior to arriving in Tuscaloosa, Del Rio took an official visit to Oregon State.
“I left this morning. It went great. I really loved the coaches there- they have a family atmosphere. I got to know the quarterbacks a little better- Sean (Mannion), Cody (Vaz), and Richie (Harrington). They’re there for the right reasons and it’s the perfect atmosphere for them. I also got to tour the academics a little more. It’s a very good fit and definitely one of my choices.”
Visits to UCLA and Southern Miss are also possibilities for the Elite11 participant, who could enroll early should he have a decision finalized by that time.
“I’ve talked to Coach (Noel) Mazzone from UCLA a few times, but I’m not really sure where they stand. I’m trying to get a visit out there, but I’m not sure if it’s going to work out. I’m not sure if I’m going to visit Southern Miss yet, with Coach Monken going out there, but I could.
“I’m going to try to enroll early if I can, but I’m not going to rush into early enrollment if I don’t know where I’m going. I’m sort of narrowing down the choices that have come.”
Del Rio has a grade of 86 from 247Sports and is ranked as the no. 34 pro-style quarterback and no. 6 prospect in Colorado. As a senior he lead Valor Christian to a 12-2 record and state championship, completing 70% of his passes for 2,275 yards and 28 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions.