Rucker Talks Iowa, ISU

Rivals Iowa and Iowa State stepped up with scholarship offers for '13 MN DB Malik Rucker. He talked about this weekend's visits to the two schools and updates his recruitment.

Minnesota native Malik Rucker spent his weekend touring neighboring Iowa. It proved worthwhile.

The Class of 2013 defensive back picked up his first two BCS scholarship offers on the trip. Iowa offered Rucker during an unofficial visit on Friday and Iowa State came through with an opportunity at the Cyclones junior day on Saturday. He'd already held an offer from North Dakota.

Rucker attended Wisconsin's junior day last month. Rucker's father, Charles, and his brother, Xavier, played at Nebraska. His cousin, Alexander Robinson, suited up at Iowa State.

As recruiting picks up for Rucker, he is in no hurry to end the process.

"I will make a decision when I feel the most comfortable," the 6-foot, 170-pounder from Robbinsdale Cooper Senior High (New Hope, MN) said. "I don't know when that will be or how that will go. I just feel like when it's my time to commit, I'll commit."

Rucker received some personal treatment on his visit to Iowa City.

"I was the only (recruit) visiting so they were focused on me," he said. "It was important to me because they took time out of their day to show me around the school and the facilities and what they have to offer. I was very impressed with it and the coaching staff."

Eric Johnson gave Rucker and his family a personal tour of the Iowa campus. He then met with defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson.

"I talked to him about how he likes Iowa and what he would like me to play," Rucker said. "He likes me as a corner. He likes that I play special teams, that I can run down on kickoffs and punts and return kicks and punts. He likes how I'm an all-around player."

Rucker reports a top 40-yard dash time of 4.48 seconds. He also runs track for Cooper. He said his top times were 10.8 in the 100, 22.0 in the 200 and 50.0 in the 400.

Iowa State played host to Rucker on Saturday. The junior day setting didn't allow him the same one-on-one time he received at Iowa, but he was impressed with the Cyclones, none the less.

"We got to see the facilities," Rucker said. "We got to sit in a position meeting with their new DB coach (Troy Douglas) to see how they play their defense. When I was eating lunch, Coach (Paul) Rhoads came and got me. We sat down in his office and he offered me."

Iowa State's head coach let Rucker know how he felt about him.

"He said I'm a great character kid," Rucker said. "He likes the way that I play. He likes that I can come down and hit.

"He said he's coached DBs and he knows a good one when he sees one. He said he felt good about me and that I could be a good asset to their program. He said I can play corner or safety, whichever one I feel comfortable with."

Rucker said he doesn't have a preference when it comes to playing corner or safety. He plays both spots in high school as well as wide receiver.

The next step for Rucker will be attending spring practices at schools interested in him. He doesn't have any visits set yet, but he plans on seeing at least three campuses.

"I know I'm going to go back to Iowa and Iowa State," Rucker said. "I'l probably go to Nebraska. I know I'm going to those three schools right now."

Being a Husker legacy, Nebraska sits in good shape with Rucker even though it hasn't offered him a scholarship.

"It's been going nice," Rucker said of the process with the Huskers. "I was in contact with Coach (Corey) Raymond but he recently left to go to LSU. Another coach called me and he said they still really like me. They said they want me to come in for a visit. They want to see me to evaluate my height and length."

Rucker said he's considering a major in communications. Academics will be important in his final decision.

"I know it's going to be a good school," Rucker said. "All of these schools are good schools. I want to see if there's a lot of academic support and if the coaches care about the academics as well as your athletic ability."


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