Montgomery, Ala.--A talented wide receiver prospect who has played just one year of high school football, Henry Ruggs is closing in on his college decision, which he plans to announce on August 1.
Expected to be a key performer for the Robert E. Lee Generals this fall, Ruggs wants to concentrate on his senior season and that means getting his decision out of the way early.
“Right now it’s Auburn, Alabama and Florida,” Ruggs said of his final three schools.
Camping with the Auburn Tigers on Thursday along with his teammates, Ruggs said it gave him another look at them and he likes what he sees from Coach Gus Malzahn, Coach Kodi Burns and the rest of the program.
“It’s a great program,” Ruggs said. “It’s a fast-paced offense and I love to go fast, I’m a fast guy. Just knowing I have friends there (freshman DB Daniel Thomas) and it’s right up the road, it feels like home.”
Building a strong bond with Burns since the former Auburn standout came back to be Auburn’s wide receivers coach, Ruggs said he really likes what he hears from the coach.
“He’s a nice guy,” Ruggs said. “He’s a young guy so we can kind of connect more on a personal level. We hang out and talk and have deep conversations like that, but we can also talk football.”
Another in-state school that Ruggs has on his list is Alabama. A team looking for help at wide receiver, the Crimson Tide has been on Ruggs’ radar for quite a while and he said the bond with the coaches is a key for him.
“They are just recruiting me hard and keeping everybody involved,” Ruggs said. “They are keeping family involved and friends involved. They are letting me know I’m a main priority for the 2017 class.”
Rounding out Ruggs’ list is Florida. A team that has recruited Alabama prospects much harder since the arrival of Jim McElwain, the Gators have definitely made an impact on the talented wide receiver.
“Florida, just growing up it was a dream school,” Ruggs said. “They have been recruiting me hard and letting me know I’m a priority and that they want me bad.”
Working on improving his game this summer, Ruggs said days like Thursday are important for the Generals and for his game as well because it allows them to work and improve in every aspect of the passing game. As someone who is still raw in his development, Ruggs said it’s all about feeling more comfortable with every passing day.
“It is still a learning process,” Ruggs said. “I’m still new to the game. They’re making me a leader of the team though, so I have to be more vocal and work on helping the young receivers out.
“It feels like it comes natural so it feels like I’m just blessed with it,” he added of his good hands. “When I came in I was just raw with hands. Now I’m working on being more technical with my route running and learning how the read coverages and things like that.
With just a few weeks left until he makes his decision, Ruggs said for him it’s all about feel and comfort level as he prepares to pick his college home.
“First of all it’s a home feeling,” Ruggs said of what he’s looking for in a college. “You’ve got to feel at home because if you’re uncomfortable you can’t play to your fullest potential. Then you have to be surrounded by good people that want the best for you.”