Henry Ruggs was a basketball player, who burst onto the scene this fall, when schools like Florida, Alabama Mississippi State, North Carolina, Penn State, and Georgia offered him a scholarship to play football. The four-star wide receiver from Montgomery (Ala.) Robert E. Lee holds double-digit offers, and is now focused on taking trips, so he can narrow his list down.
The Scout 300 receiver had previously visited in-state school Alabama three times since February, however, on Wednesday Ruggs took a visit to another SEC school, Florida.
"I would say it was a great visit," he said. "I got to see around campus and talk to the coaches... I learned a lot and saw some things I liked."
One thing Ruggs was able to see was a Florida spring practice, and the pace and competitiveness were two things that certainly stood out.
"The fact that during practice everyone is getting reps and no one is just standing around watching [stood out]," he said. "I like the way he [wide receiver coach Kerry Dixon] makes sure his wide receivers are getting reps and not standing around."
Ruggs did not just watch UF assistant, Kerry Dixon, at work, he was also able to get some face time with him.
"His message was basically that just because you may be young you will have a chance to compete for a spot in practice, because everyone is getting physical reps instead of standing around watching," said Ruggs. "He expressed the need for a playmaker and how that could be me. He says I would do a little of both inside and outside because at some point he would create matchup problems with me inside, but at other times he will put me outside to have a 1-on-1 matchup."
Ruggs was similarly impressed with McElwain's hands on approach.
"I like that he keeps an eye on the offense and makes sure guys understand what they are doing," he said about Florida's head coach. "He was saying he would love me to be a part of his program, and he wants me to keep taking visits and asking questions.
"I like them [the Florida coaches] as people," he added. "They are nice people who want good things from there players. This visit just shows me what I have to compare other schools to."
Schools like another SEC rival, "[I will visit] Auburn on Saturday," said Ruggs.
Ruggs currently has no leaders in his recruitment.
"I want to see not only athletic but also academic opportunity [at a program before my decision]. Making sure players are set for life whether in sports or not."