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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Buckeyes' offer floors Watch List ATH

By Brad Bournival

Some offers mean just a little bit more.

After Ohio State offered ESPN Watch List athlete Nicholas Ruffin (Atlanta/St. Pius X), he didn’t mince words about the significance of the attention.

“It definitely means a lot to me,” he said. “[Coach Urban Meyer] is a coach that has taken notice of me. It’s kind of a confirmation that everything I do does not go in vain.

“On top of that, growing up I watched him build a program to such a prestigious level to the point where the name Florida was feared. The offer sits well with me. I’m not sure where it will land, but I’m positive that it will be in my top schools.”

The 6-foot-1, 186-pound Ruffin is one of the top athletes in the junior class and can play anywhere on the field. He saw time at running back, cornerback and safety last season for the Class 3A state runner-up Golden Lions.

As a defensive back he registered 67 tackles, four forced fumbles, three interceptions and nine pass deflections. At running back he had 487 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns.

“As a player I’m an aggressive person that doesn’t know the meaning of slow down,” Ruffin said. “I’m one of those guys that has the ability to play anywhere on the field and play every position as well or better than the guy in front of me. I don’t take plays off.

“As a person I’m high maintenance. I have only the highest expectations for myself. I love what I do on the field, but I work just as hard to have the best character off it. I don’t follow the crowd, nor do I conform to the stereotype of every athlete. I try to be as humble as I possibly can.”

He becomes the 17th Georgian offered by Ohio State as Meyer continues to raid the Peach State for potential Buckeyes.

Ruffin has offers from his home state's big programs, Georgia and Georgia Tech, along with Alabama, Florida State, Kansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi state, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.