One of the most crucial areas for Georgia State to recruit successfully is Gwinnett County. The north metro county is stocked full FBS level talent, but also has an incredible amount of talent ready to come in and contribute early at the FCS level as well. One such prospect is Duluth’s Mark Ruskell. Panthersville.com got the opportunity to speak to the All-Region 7-AAAAA first team offensive lineman about his commitment.
As we have stated multiple times over the last few days, offensive line was a huge area of need for the Panthers. Georgia State lost four starters along the offensive line and had already been facing depth issues. Therefore, the importance of signing quality players to man the trenches could not be underestimated. With Center prospect Mark Ruskell, the Panthers seemed to have gotten a player who plans to fill that role right away.
“The coaches told me to learn every position on the offensive line and to work really hard in the weight room,” Ruskell said. “If I do that, then I should be able to get some playing time my freshman year. So I am excited about that.”
Center is a position that requires a lot of knowledge of the game and the responsibilities of each player. Ruskell played the position at the highest level in Georgia and believes he is ready to use that experience.
“I have been playing the game since I was six years old,” Ruskell said. “I pride myself in knowing what everyone is doing, and not just my position of offensive lineman, but know what everyone is supposed to be doing on every play. That way I can kind of be a coach on the field, which is good for a Center.”
Ruskell committed to Georgia State over offers from West Georgia and Mercer, despite the Panthers only offering on Monday morning, and Mark also commented on what it was that led him to pull the trigger on his commitment.
“I went up there on a visit on Saturday and was really impressed by the facilities, “ Ruskell continued. “That new practice facility they have is amazing with the Atlanta backdrop and looking up and seeing the Capitol building. I liked that a lot.”
“Another thing that impressed me was the coaching stuff. It’s a lot more fun when you can play for guys like Coach Curry and Coach Pugh.”
Mark will be signing his letter of intent on Wednesday at about 1:40.