Auburn Commitment Nick Ruffin: Q&A

Auburn commitment Nick Ruffin talks about his commitment to the Tigers, the 2013 season, and his visit this coming weekend.

A commitment to the Auburn Tigers since last May, 6-0, 185 defensive back Nick Ruffin has made several trips to the Plains since he made his decision. Now preparing for his official visit this weekend, Ruffin talks about the trip, what he likes about the Tigers, the future and much more in this Q and A.

ITAT: Talk about your upcoming visit to Auburn this weekend. What are you looking forward to the most?

Ruffin: "I'm very excited. It will be my first time really getting to fully experience Auburn, not just in a game setting, but in a regular everyday setting. I'm excited to see what happens. I think it will be more of a relaxed feeling, not as amped. Everybody knows the Plains on a Saturday morning is very hectic on a game day. I guess with a regular Saturday I'll get to see how things operate and how the school feels without football."

ITAT: How important has it been for you to have your commitment out of the way early?

Ruffin: "It has helped me in the sense that I have been able to focus on my senior year and just enjoying myself. I haven't had to worry about where I will end up and where I want to go just knowing that I have already decided that. I could focus on my season, my last days as a football player in high school, and my academics."

ITAT: You have had a chance to get to know many of your fellow commitments throughout the process. Has that been a big deal for you to get to know them so well?

Ruffin: "For me it was huge. On any team having a bond with your teammates is probably the biggest thing, knowing that at the end of the day I've got your back and you've got mine. To have that bond as early as we do makes it easier, not only on us players, but on the coaches as well. We're going to push each other in summer workouts and even in school. We'll keep each other in check off the field as well. You don't see Auburn players in the media for doing the wrong things and setting a bad example. It really does help having that bond already."

Nick Ruffin

ITAT: What has Auburn's 12-2 season and an SEC Championship meant to you?

Ruffin: "I think it confirmed to me as far as their abilities and what they can do. Moreso it confirmed to me what I already knew, and that is the coaching staff and what they can do. Going from a 3-9 team under Gene Chizik, who is by no means a bad coach, Coach Malzahn and Coach Craig and the impact they've had on these guys and their lives, you can tell even the way they act off the field that they've definitely changed. They act with more dignity and more pride. They walk with a sense of pride and confidence as opposed to last year. That is what stuck out to me and what I see that has changed."

ITAT: With Auburn's need in the secondary talk about your chances to play early

Ruffin: "I'm very excited. Anytime you have the opportunity to come in and play as a freshman, especially at a big-time program just coming off a national championship run, that's a very exciting feeling. The biggest thing from me is learning from Chris Davis and Jonathon Mincy. He'll still be there and I want to learn everything I possibly can, just be a sponge and soak up everything I possibly can from the older guys. That's the biggest thing for me."

ITAT: Talk about your experience in San Antonio playing in the U.S. Army All-American Game

Ruffin: "As a high school player that was probably the closest I'm going to get in high school to playing college level talent. To be able to go up against wide receivers that are 6-4 and 6-5 and run a 4.4 40-yard dash, that really helped me. Meeting the soldiers, the men and women that have served our country and have taken bullets for our country and never asked anything in return, that's something special. I was more than happy to just entertain them for a few hours. That really meant a lot to me."

ITAT: Do you plan to take any more visits?

Ruffin: "This is going to be the only one. I was going to visit Georgia, but they never called back. I'm 100 percent committed to Auburn."

ITAT: Talk about the future at Auburn and what you see out of the program moving forward.

Ruffin: "I'm very excited. We've got pretty much the entire team coming back. Of course we are losing Tre Mason and (Greg) Robinson, but you've still got Corey Grant and still got (Cameron) Artis-Payne and we're bringing in a great class. I don't know how everybody else feels but my motto is going to be 13 seconds. That's all it is, 13 seconds away. That's the motto and something to keep in the back of my head while I'm training all offseason. That's 13 seconds that if I don't put in could be the difference in taking us to the national championship."

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