Montgomery, Ala.--Recently on campus for a seven-on-seven tournament, four-star wide receiver Henry Ruggs was back to see the Auburn Tigers on Saturday and entering the visit he was nearing a decision. Following the trip, however, he said things have changed for him as he’s now unsure of when he will making his commitment.
“I’m kind of delaying the decision,” Ruggs said. “It’s just because I don’t want to rush into anything. I want to make sure I’m ready and set before I make my decision.”
With Auburn and Alabama the top two and Florida, Florida State and Penn State a few of the other colleges he’s still considering, Ruggs took the opportunity to take another look at Gus Malzahn’s program over the weekend. He said the Saturday trip was a good one for him because it allowed him to spend more times with the AU coaches.
“It was just a great chance once again to get up once again and connect with the coaches and see them face-to-face,” Ruggs said. “That way you can talk to them instead of over the phone or by text message.”
Henry Ruggs is heading into his senior season at Robert E. Lee High School.
The message from the Auburn coaches was a simple one: they are searching for playmakers and
Ruggs is the kind of guy they are looking to sign.
“They said basically that my highlight tapes look like their offense,” Ruggs said. “Quick screens, bubble screens, we have a couple of deep balls and routes. Pretty much it just fits into their offense really.
“They like my ability to make plays in the open field,” he added. “One-on-one.”
Sporting a 41-inch vertical leap and a best time of 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Ruggs is a player still developing as a wide receiver after playing basketball much of the time while growing up. Last week he took part in the North-South All-Star Game in Montgomery that highlights top basketball juniors in the state.
However, football holds the key to his future and he is focused on having a big senior season for the Generals. In addition to that he plans to take several visits, including a few trips to Auburn. With official visits to both Auburn and Alabama on his mind, Ruggs said he’s looking forward to seeing the Tigers in action.
“I’ll be back for some games,” Ruggs said. “I’m not exactly sure which ones, but I’ll be back for some games.”