It’s no secret that Fresno State has done a search and pilfer approach in Texas and Florida to help bolster its 2017 football recruiting class, with 40 percent of the Bulldogs’ current class hailing from the two southern states.
But now, the ‘Dogs have trekked to their neighbors up north to inquire about the top safety in the state of Oregon according to Scout: Jason Rucker of Portland, Ore., Westview.
The 6-foot-1, 186-pound Class of 2017 safety – who also carries the rock at running back for Westview – has confirmed to Barkboard that he’s been in contact with Fresno State, particularly with running backs coach and special teams coordinator Dave Ungerer.
“I’ve been back and forth with them actually. He (Ungerer) said he likes me and my size,” Rucker said.
Rucker has helped lead the Wildcats to a 7-0 start, accelerating past defenders as a running back and return ace plus snatching the ball from the Beaver State sky on defense.
He’s been mostly courted by NCAA Division II and NAIA schools on the recruiting trail, with offers from Central Washington, Lindenwood, Southern Oregon, Rocky Mountain and Kentucky Christian in his possession. But, Rucker said “I'm going to be getting a few NCAA DI’s within a week or so from what my (head) coach is saying.”
Could one of those Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) offers come from the Bulldogs? Who have former Beaver State star placekicker Nick Van Valkenburg on the current roster?
“My take on Fresno State is that they are a team I would definitely be interested in playing on,” Rucker said. “They are close to home, they have a great program and they get players out. Hopefully something (an offer) will happen sooner or later.”