Rucker Talks About IU Trip

Warren (Ohio) Harding H.S. cornerback Chris Rucker, who's mentioned IU as one of his leaders, was in Bloomington for last week's senior camp. See what Rucker had to say about the visit, and hear about someone outside the IU staff who's pushing Rucker to play in Bloomington...

Chris Rucker is hearing from the IU coaching staff on a weekly basis, but he's hearing pitches about the Hoosiers from someone else just about every day.

The 6-1, 185-pound three-star cornerback from Warren G. Harding H.S. in Warren, Ohio, says his teammate, Sidney Glover, has been singing the praises of the Hoosiers for more than a month now. That's because Glover has already verbally committed to play football in Bloomington next fall.

"He's pushing really hard," Rucker said. "He says we'd have a chance to play early, and we can stay together. We've been playing together since middle school, and we've known each other since elementary school. So we've been together for a long time.

"Having him already going there helps (Indiana) a lot. I'd have someone there that I already know."

The Hoosiers are hoping Rucker will join his prep teammate in Bloomington as a member of the '07 class. A big cornerback with 4.5 speed, Rucker recorded six interceptions as a junior while also catching 17 passes for 282 yards and five touchdowns on offense.

Rucker said he has scholarship offers from Indiana, Miami (Ohio), Akron, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Kansas, Bowling Green and Kent State, but a trio of schools have emerged as the front-runners.

"My top schools right now are Miami (Ohio), Indiana and Cincinnati," Rucker said.

Rucker got a closer look at the IU program last weekend when he was in town for an elite senior camp. He was one of three preps in town who already has an offer from Indiana, along with Highland Park, Mich., linebacker Darius Johnson and Middleton, Ohio, running back/linebacker Scott Johnson.

"They told me they were interested, so I wanted to go there and show them what I can do," Rucker said. "It was a good camp, and they showed me a lot of things. They gave me a tour of the campus. I got to go through some drills with the coaches, and they showed me some way to improve my defensive skills."

Besides going through the camp, though, Rucker had a chance to sit down with IU Coach Terry Hoeppner, who stressed how badly they'd like to see him in an IU uniform next fall.

"That's the first time I've really gotten to talk to a head coach, so that was big," Rucker said. "He told me they like me because I have a knack for defense, I cover well, and I've got speed and a good personality." Top Stories