The first was an intimate trip in between games in the state basketball tournament, and he was able to see the wide scope of Tuscaloosa's campus.
But on Saturday, he was in town among dozens of elite prospects for junior day. Though it was less time and less one-on-one, the athlete was able to accomplish his primary goal.
"It was great, I had a chance to sit down with a couple of players and got to ask them about how everything is around campus," Ruggs said. "I got a lot of inside information on how they balance football, school and life."
In between talks with current players, he met fellow elite recruits Najee Harris, a Crimson Tide commitment, as well as four-stars Shaun Wade and Markail Benton. The group got to watch the sport Ruggs grew up wanting to play at the college level, too. And it was a close game with rival Auburn in town.
"I got to watch the basketball game, which was a great experience and got to meet other recruits in my class," he said. "I had a lot of fun."
Ruggs has yet to break down any favorite on his growing list or even to fully immerse himself in the recruiting process, he says, so perhaps the pair of visits to Tuscaloosa shouldn't be read into very much.
"I talked to coach (Billy) Napier and coach (Derrick) Ansley most of the time," he said. "It opened my eyes a little more. I'm not saying I have a top school or anything, I can't say they have an edge."