Oaks Christian (Calif.) High has long been one of the nation's most prominent programs, in large part because of the high profile offspring that it has included on its rosters. The school may not boast last names like Gretzky or Montana on its roster come next fall, but it will have another high profile entrant whose arrival was completely unexpected.
According to the Los Angeles Times, 6-foot-4 sophomore passer Luke Falk will be attending Oaks Christian next fall, transferring in from Logan (Utah) High. The lanky signal caller passed for 17 touchdowns as a sophomore starter, and has been tutored by legendary prep passing kingmaker Steve Clarkson.
While such a transfer would often be met with significant skepticism -- see under Garman, Daxx -- there are reportedly qualifying reasons for Falk's move to California. The sophomore comes from a family which has been heavily involved in music, and he has two sisters who are both involved in the recording industry in Los Angeles.
That reportedly inspired Falk's parents to make the move to Los Angeles themselves, where it will be easier for them to help out the quarterback's sisters.
Whether or not Falk will be the starter at Oaks Christian next fall remains to be seen, though he wouldn't have to unseat an established incumbent at the position. The Times' Eric Sondheimer reported that the school has two sophomores and a freshman returning next fall, though none would be considered prohibitive favorites to get the starting nod over Falk.
If that's the way the future quarterbacking challenge actually goes, it would put a high profile signal caller behind center for Oaks Christian's opener for yet another season. The Lions started the 2010 season with Trevor Gretzky at quarterback, though he was benched during a come-from-behind Oaks Christian victory in mid-September and never re-gained his starting role, instead deciding to commit to a baseball future at San Diego State.
Will Falk be the next passer to get bright lights at Oaks Christian? Only time will tell. If he does, he'll be continuing a newfound tradition that has has surprisingly little to do with the Lions' success on the field and much more to do with star players' backgrounds off it.
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