Razorbacks In Charge

"I've come close to doing it," said Asian Ruff about committing to Arkansas. "But I think I need to take my visit there and see if it's for sure. I want to make sure I feel comfortable and at home there." He plans to officially visit Arkansas in January, but doesn't have an exact date yet. "Some of the coaches are gonna be coming to my house and I'm sure we'll set up a visit then..."

Asian Ruff, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound three-star safety/cornerback from Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Ms., says that Arkansas is now the team to beat and admits he's thought about committing to the Razorbacks.

"I've come close to doing it," Ruff said. "But I think I need to take my visit there and see if it's for sure. I want to make sure I feel comfortable and at home there."

He plans on visiting Arkansas officially in January, but says he doesn't have an exact date yet. "Some of the coaches are gonna be coming to my house and I'm sure we'll set up a visit then," he said.

Ruff says the Razorbacks are recruiting him the hardest. "They send a lot more mail than anyone and are always inviting me to practice and games and trying to get me to visit them," he said.

"I like the coaches there," he said about Arkansas. "I really like (linebackers) coach Reggie Johnson. He's a nice guy and we get along good. He said that he thinks that I can play right away and I like hearing that."

Ruff, ranked as the No. 87 safety in the country by Scout.com, says he now favors Arkansas solidly over Southern Miss, Tennessee, Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State. He says all of his favorites have offered, except the Vols.

"They still send me mail and stuff," he said about Tennessee. "I know a few coaches were at my school before break, but I didn't get to talk to them because I was taking a test."

The only actual official visit that Ruff already has scheduled is to Mississippi State on Jan. 15. He says that the Bulldogs staff visited him at home earlier this month.

"A bunch of the coaches were here," he said. "The defensive coordinator (Carl Torbush) was here and so was (cornerbacks) coach Melvin Smith and (safeties) coach Tony Hughes.

"They said they really need 6-foot-3 guys roaming the backfield for them," Ruff said. "They really stressed how much they needed me."

Another thing going for Mississippi State is that they're only one hour from his house.

"It's close and I like everything about them," he said. "They did pretty good this year, especially since the coaches were new. I like the staff a lot and things are looking up for them."

Besides Mississippi State, the only other school he has already visited was Southern Miss. "They're about four hours from here," he said. "I like Hattiesburg a lot. It's a good town and I felt comfortable there.

"It's real exciting and a college town," he said about Hattiesburg. "It's a good place."

Growing up, Ruff says he followed Florida State. "That was my dream school," he said. "But they never recruited me much."

Ruff plans on making a decision after a few official visits. "I plan on visiting Mississippi State, Arkansas and Southern Miss for sure before I commit," he said.

Of course, everything points to Ruff being a Razorback. "It's real big," he admitted about his chances of committing to Arkansas.

Ruff helped lead his team to a 13-1 final record in 2009. He wasn't sure of all his stats but said he had one interception returned for a touchdown.

"I'm a good tackler," he said about his strengths. "I can cover real good too. I'm pretty strong and have good feet and hands."

He says he can bench 265-pounds, squat 405 and has a 37-inch vertical jump.

"I want to get quicker on my backpeddle," he said.

Ruff plans on majoring in business and reports a 3.1 core GPA and 15 ACT. He retook it on Dec. 12 and is still waiting on his results. He says he may take it again as well.


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