Quick Hits with Quentez Ruffin

Future Tiger offensive lineman talks about his future at the collegiate level.

OL Quentez Ruffin
6-4, 293, 5.1
Leon High School
Tallahassee, Florida
NR: N/A Rating: **

The Stats: Quentez Ruffin graded out at 88% and recorded over 30 pancake blocks during his senior season at Leon High School. Ruffin, who was recruited to Clemson by Dabo Swinney, chose Clemson over offers from Florida, Texas, N.C. State, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, South Carolina and LSU.

Strength: Ruffin is a powerful offensive lineman that may be one of the most underrated prospects to sign with Clemson in the 2005 recruiting class. He's strong at the point of attack, and he also has excellent upper body strength and good footwork. He's also one of two 2005 signees on the offensive line that could contribute as a true freshman. (Corey Lambert would be the other.)

Why Clemson? "I really liked talking to Coach Scott during recruiting. I also liked Coach Burns and Coach Swinney," said Ruffin. "The facilities at Clemson were also world class. I can only imagine how it will be when they get the WestZone completed in a few years. My parents liked the visits to Georgia, Florida and LSU, but I think they liked Clemson a little more. As far as the timeframe, my dad preferred that I make a decision before the end of summer, and once I made it, there was no second-guessing it. I was firm with Clemson throughout."

Tidbit: The Florida Gators tried to move in with a late scholarship offer in an effort to entice Ruffin away from Clemson. "Yeah, I really liked Florida a lot. That was the place I thought I might end up before I committed to Clemson. But that is in the past. I am going to go where I've been wanted since day one. Florida recruited me, but they haven't been there like Clemson has. I wasn't going to turn my back on Clemson to go chase a dream."

Final Shot: Ruffin made an effort to see as many games as possible last year, including the Tigers' trip into Tallahassee to take on Florida State. "I went to the Florida State game. It was a good game. Clemson had a lot of opportunities to win. They showed what caliber team they have. They have a few small things to work on and they will be fine," he said.

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