In-state standout and top 10 WR in the South Henry Ruggs spent Tuesday at Alabama

Alabama has hosted one junior day and has another on deck, but in-state four-star wide receiver Henry Ruggs was the lone prospect in Tuscaloosa Tuesday.

Two-sport star Henry Ruggs, who does it all on the field and hardwood for Montgomery (Ala.) Lee High School, has been a busy man of late. He's been leading the Generals deep into the basketball state playoffs while fielding scholarship offers and a slew of interest as a four-star wide receiver in the class of 2017. 

The dual-role has slowed his ability to take visits, but he was able to get to Alabama on Teusday before his next hoops game, a regional playoff test, Wednesday against Auburn (Ala.) High. 

"I missed out on junior day because I had a basketball game two weeks ago, so they told me to find a good day to get over there and today (Teusday) was a good day," Ruggs said. "I got to visit the campus and get a lot of information. 

"It felt good just to know that all eyes were on me today. It says a lot, that they're recruiting me hard because I was the only one up there. It means a lot."

The junior was able to spend considerable time with Crimson Tide coaches, including potential position coach Billy Napier, should he play wide receiver at the next level. 

"We have a great relationship, coach Napier is a guy I know I can talk to," he said. "I got to see how he is, how he is around his team and how he acts. But it's still open to whatever position I want to play, I told them I'm open but I just want to be on the field. I'd rather play receiver than anything, though."

The trip included a lengthy sit-down with Nick Saban before heading back to Montgomery.

"Coach Saban pretty much sat down and gave me a rundown of the whole program," Ruggs said. "He basically told me the program isn't all about football, it's about being successful in life, rather. I actually liked that approach because school comes first, academics is the most important thing.

"If you don't have academics you can't play anyways." 

The biggest difference for the blue-chip talent on this trip versus others, in addition to the intimacy of being the only football  prospect on campus, was the depth of the campus. Ruggs, accompanied by family members, were able to get the scope of the entire Alabama campus for the first time.

"It was my first time seeing the academic side of the school, and around the dining halls and study hall areas," he said. "I like it. I know the vibe going up there but I like how everything is set up and how the program is run."

Focused on the basketball season and not on football recruiting, Ruggs is in no rush to get to the final stages of a decision-making process despite recent offers from California and Southern Mississippi.

"It opened my eyes," he said of the visit. "But I'm still not leaning towards anybody and I don't have a top school." 

Lee High is 25-6 on the season and of course is looking to make a deeper run this week, led by the versatile guard.  

"It's going good, the team is coming together," Ruggs said. "We're playing harder and we have a chance to make a run at the final four and possibly at a state title." 

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