Hayden Rucci

2019 Pa. TE Hayden Rucci is making Big Ten, ACC visits

Lititz (Pa.) Warwick tight end Hayden Rucci, a class of 2019 tight end, is adding Big Ten, ACC offers during visits.

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A weekend trip to Boston College and Syracuse netted tight end Hayden Rucci two more offers, and the class of 2019 Lititz (Pa.) Warwick standout has several more trips coming up.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Rucci also made visits to Michigan StateDukeNorth Carolina and Maryland, and he will be at Pittsburgh and Penn State this coming weekend.

"Some coaches sell hard, which I like," said Rucci, who also plays basketball and lacrosse. "I'm just trying to figure out where I want to be as a person, player and student. I am trying to find the best academic and football school I can find."


At Syracuse, the attitude and the effort by the coaching staff made Rucci feel like a priority, right down to hosting him Sunday.

"We met with (tight ends) coach (Reno) Ferri, coach (Dino) Babers and (offensive coordinator) coach (Mike) Lynch," Rucci said. "They came back from their spring break, which was huge for me. It was big for me to talk to them about 'Cuse football, which was awesome. I loved it up there."

Although elements of Rucci's game could translate to defensive end in college, schools are currently recruiting him to play tight end. 

Part of his time with Syracuse's coaches was spent going over the offense, and how he could be used in it.

"Coach Babers really knows what he is doing, and I really respected him as a person and as a coach," Rucci said. "It was cool talking with him and coach Ferri. I like what they're doing at Syracuse."

Rucci did not get a full tour of campus, but he did see the football facilities and the locker room. 

"We saw where they eat, the player's lounge," Rucci said. "We didn't get to go into the Carrier Dome, but we saw their indoor facilities and their weight room."

The day prior, Rucci was at Boston College for a tour and to watch spring practice.

"It was awesome. Hard-hitting, good football," Rucci said. "I was really impressed with how intense it was, fast-paced. They were putting in a lot of stuff this weekend, and I loved how they were going all out and just crushing each other."

This weekend Rucci plans on visiting Pittsburgh and Penn State, which is familiar to him. Although Rucci is yet to visit as a recruit, he attended a number of Nittany Lions games.

His father, Todd, played at Penn State and for the New England Patriots. He also served recently on Penn State's board of trustees.

"It's a great program and they had a great year," Rucci said. "I followed them, and both of my parents went there. I like them just as much as any other college."

Rucci's first offer came from Michigan State during a mid January visit.

He met with co-offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Jim Bollman and offensive line coach Mark Staten, and learned about the program ...and how much the Spartans liked him.

"Right before we went out to the basketball game, coach Bollman pulled me into his office and that is when he offered me," Rucci said. "That is when college football was real for me."

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