Sunday, January 20, 2013
CB Nick Ruffin receives good news
By Radi Nabulsi
ESPN Watch List cornerback Nick Ruffin (Atlanta/St. Pius X) was meeting with two of his football coaches when the three of them were joined by Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon. Some good news followed.
“Coach McClendon came to my school and flat out said they would like to offer me an official scholarship,” Ruffin said. “Georgia is great school, a perennial powerhouse in the SEC. Coach [Mark] Richt is doing a phenomenal job with that team. They have been in the SEC championship the past two years.”
“I know a couple of those guys that have committed there, Shaq Wiggins and Shaun McGee,” Ruffin said. “I know Damian Swann -- I played against him my freshman year in high school. I had to guard him and it was not the most enjoyable of experiences. It is a great school and attractive to a lot of recruits. The fans there are diehard and you just can’t ask for more.”
Ruffin already has offers from Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Mississippi State, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Louisiana Lafayette. He doesn’t have a top group yet but says the Bulldogs are now a contender.
“That puts Georgia’s chances up there now that I have an offer,” Ruffin said. “But I am just enjoying the process right now. I am supposed to go to Georgia Tech tomorrow and I need to figure out what other schools I am going to visit during the spring.”
Georgia and all the other programs chasing Ruffin might have to fight off LSU first.
“LSU is kind of my hometown team since my family is from Louisiana. Growing up you learn to love LSU. And what is not to love? Les Miles has done a phenomenal job bringing that school back to its former glory. He is the Mad Hatter for a reason. He has built a reputation that will stand in college football for a while.”
When asked what he liked about Miles’ gutsy playcalling, Ruffin said that the “conservative style is not really for me.”
“I am an aggressive guy on the field,” Ruffin said. “I mean he is out there with his calls and I am out there with my play leaving it all on the field.”
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior would also like offers from Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame. Aside from the back-to-back championships, Ruffin likes Alabama for its coaches and the fact that a former teammate plays for the Tide.
“Alabama has Geno Smith and they seem a little interested in me,” Ruffin said. “It is a traditional school. You can’t beat Roll Tide, right? Just like Georgia those fans are diehard, year in and year out. They support their team no matter what, winning or losing. They consistently produce players. Geno was starting in the SEC championship game as a freshman so they obviously prepare their players. That coaching staff is second to none.”
Ruffin also likes what Urban Meyer has cooking at Ohio State.
“I am very, very interested in what they are creating and building there,” Ruffin said. “They are almost building a standard for everyone to follow. You start off with a team that is under sanctions and that struggled and then the next year you go 12-0. Pretty much proved that if it weren’t for the sanctions they would be playing for the national championship. That is an elite team and a class team and that speaks volumes about that program. So it intrigues me. Ohio State has asked me to come to junior day so I am thinking about it.”