It's been a crazy week for Ruben Lile. It will hit a crescendo Saturday night when his senior high school season kicks off and he announces his college choice after the game.
"It's been really exciting because I've been waiting on this game for a long time," the Class of 2012 Detroit WR/DB said. "And a lot of people asking me where I'm going (to school). I just told them that after the game, everybody will know."
The game will pit Lile and his 7th-ranked Cass Tech teammates against top-rated Harrison. The Detroit Free-Press says that it could be the marquee high school football match-up in Michigan this fall. It is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. ET at Eastern Michigan, but a day's worth of games at the venue could push back the start.
"I actually made up my mind a long time ago," the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Lile said of where he's going. "I just haven't really told anyone."
There won't be a press conference, Lile said. After the game, he will walk over to his gym bag, pull out a hat from the school of his choice and put it on his head.
"Then I'll represent," he said.
Lile has called the recruiting process stressful. He was led to believe he'd be receiving scholarship offers that never came.
"But that was up to them. Choose who you want to choose. If you don't choose me, you don't choose me. I'll go where I'm wanted."
Lile talked about his three finalists:
Vanderbilt: I really liked the fact that they had their players reach out to me on Facebook and stuff. They really wanted me to come down and visit. They told me how much they needed me. That means a lot. They show a lot of love and support.
Wisconsin: I've liked them for a while. I've watched them a lot on TV. They look like they have a pretty good program. They've been winning for the last couple of years. That's important.
Iowa: I love the coaching staff. That chemistry tells a lot about a team. If you throw seven new coaches into a staff, how successful will the team be? It's not a definite they'd have that chemistry and bond like at Iowa. I just love the coaching staff.
Lile said all of the schools are recruiting him as a receiver and a defensive back. He won't know what position he'll play until getting to campus next summer, he said.
Lile's Cass teammate, Laron Taylor, verbally committed to Iowa on Aug. 5. The linebacker has been working hard on convincing Lile to join him.
"Man, it's been a lot," Lile said with a chuckle.