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Getting to know: Brandon Ruiz

Arizona State signee Brandon Ruiz has lofty goals for his freshman season, as he wants to become the third Lou Groza Award winner in program history.

Name: Brandon Ruiz

Hometown: Gilbert

School: Williams Field

Position: Kicker

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 170 pounds

Scout ranking: No. 2 kicker nationally 

Scholarship offers: Alabama, ASU, Arizona, Iowa State, Tennessee, Oregon State, Army, Navy, Cornell, Brown

Favorite food: Pepperoni Pizza

Favorite drink: Hawaiian Punch

Favorite movie: Blades of Glory

Favorite type of music: Rap

Favorite artist: Tory Lane

Favorite female celebrity: Selena Gomez

Favorite NFL player: Odell Beckham

Favorite hobby: Hanging out with friends

Favorite sports memory: "Winning state. It was my senior year when we won it, so it's like the last thing that I'll remember in my high school football career is winning state, so that's a good thing to go out on. When we entered the 2017 class at my high school, we were the class that was going to win the first championship, so to do it our senior year was a big thing."

On when he knew he could play at the next level: "Probably sophomore year when I won the biggest camp. I beat guys that were going to big time colleges. There was a field goal competition over the best guys. In the morning, we'd be testing and they'd look at all of the results and the best guys would advance to a finals round. And I won the finals round with field goals."

On moving to ASU and being on his own: "It's going to be really different for me. I'm not going to have my mom or my dad, even though they're only going to be about 30 minutes away, I have to start making choices on my own. I have to start building my own reputation. I'm more nervous than excited but I feel like once I get into it, it won't be as bad as I think."

Why ASU: "Mainly the college aspect, going by myself, I wanted to stay decently close to home. That way if I ever need anything, they'd be there for me without having to go on a plane for five hours, that kind of stuff." 

What ASU did to recruit him well: "I think my official visit, the players were already welcoming and I just felt like I was already a player there. I went to some practices on unofficials and I just felt like I kind of fit in there. I felt like it wasn't even anything that they really did, it was just the atmosphere of the whole program, it was very welcoming and you just feel like you belong."

On replacing Zane Gonzalez: "It's not as much about replacing him for me, it's more about seeing what coach Slocum did for him and how he transformed Zane from being like, an average kicker, to going and winning the Lou Groza Award. Seeing him and talking with him about all of his expertise on everything, that was also a big factor for me."

On approaching his freshman season: "My goal is to win the Lou Groza as a freshman. Freshman All-American and win the Lou Groza."

On being apart of the local class: "It feels good because it's some of the guys that I already know like K.J. (Jarrell), I met them at the All-American game and when we played Saguaro and you know the guys that are all committed, they're all really good and they're also some of the guys that have good personalities." 

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