Last summer Emmanuel Rugamba made a trip to Iowa State with 2015 commit Bobby McMillen. Now as the Illinois athlete prepares for summer nearly one year later, he’s doing so with offers coming in left and right.
Iowa State became Rugamba’s latest offer Friday afternoon when it offered the 6-foot, 170-pound athlete as a receiver. Rugamba also has Power 5 offers from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Pittsburgh, most coming this spring.
While he is regarded as the top receiver in Illinois, many schools are viewing him as a cornerback. The Cyclones currently see him as an offensive weapon.
“They've offered me as a receiver but they say they aren't completely against a change in position,” Rugamba said. “With the communication [I have] with Bob [McMillen] and the last year the relationship I have with Iowa State [and] with Bob being there and Jauan [Wesley] being there I am pretty interested in Iowa State.”
Rugamba has visited Iowa State multiple times, making a trip last November. While he wasn’t able to make it to Ames for the Cyclones’ Junior Day or spring game, he has maintained interest in Iowa State.
The soon-to-be senior has a long list of hopeful visits now in the months ahead, and Iowa State is among the schools he plans to see.
“I'd like to take visits to Iowa, Boston College, Iowa State, Pitt, MSU, Mizzou, and Vandy as well as Kentucky, but nothing is set in stone,” Rugamba said. “I haven't decided yet if I'll wait until after my whole senior season [to decide], but I think a few of those visits might go into the season.”
As for a position at the next level, Rugamba is open to playing on either side.
“I feel comfortable at both positions and have more to learn at both, but I feel like at the [cornerback] position I have a lot more upside and natural ability that I can turn into skill and technique,” Rugamba said. “As for choosing which side of the ball I'll play at the next level, I don't know where I'll be right now.”
He does know that relationships with position coaches at each school will ultimately be a key factor in his decision along with academics. For now, he’s moving ahead into what is expected to be an eventful summer.
“It's been exciting,” Rugamba said. “I've just tried my best to trust the process, and to see the hard work pay off is a great feeling.”