Rucker picks up SMU offer

Malik Rucker, a 6-foot, 175-pound safety from Minnesota, has received a few offers as of late, including one from the Mustangs. He is taking in Junior Day at Nebraska this weekend, and hopes to schedule more visits in the near future, including one to Dallas.

Malik Rucker is seeing his recruitment pick up as of late.

Rucker, a 6-foot, 175-pound safety out of Robbinsdale Cooper Senior High (New Hope, Minn.), holds offers from Iowa, Iowa State, North Dakota, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Wyoming and most recently SMU.

He's been hearing from quite a few schools as well, like Nebraska, Michigan State, Kansas, Wisconsin, Washington, San Diego State, Connecticut and Oklahoma State.

No school has the lead in the Rucker sweepstakes yet though.

Rucker said he spoke with SMU defensive backs coach Derrick Odum last week. He said the two discussed how Rucker could fit into the Mustangs system and play either cornerback or safety. Rucker likes both and doesn't have a position preference.

Rucker admitted he doesn't know too much about SMU.

"I know it's coming back from the olds days and it's a nice program," he said. "I know June Jones coached at Hawaii and has turned around a few programs. I don't know too much, but I know those things."

Rucker doesn't have a SMU visit planned, but does hope to schedule one.

This weekend Rucker will take in Nebraska Junior Day. He's a legacy there as his father, Charles, and brother, Xavier, played for the Huskers.

Rucker, who said his strengths on the field include reading plays and getting to the ball, is looking for a perfect mix of academics, atmosphere and football when choosing a school.

"I want to go to a school with a great academic background…great academic support," he said. "Also, I want to go to a school with a great atmosphere with nice people around where I just feel comfortable around the players and around the coaches."

Asked if SMU being in the Big East made it more appealing, Rucker explained that conference affiliation isn't one of his deciding factors.

"It doesn't matter which conference they're in," he said. "If I go to SMU it's because I like SMU."

During the offseason, Rucker is staying in shape by running track, competing in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races.

"I can run the 100 in 10.8 [seconds], the 200 in 22 and the 400 in 50," he said.

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