Rucker Visits Minnesota

Iowa verbal commitment Malik Rucker visited a Minnesota game on Saturday. The Class of 2013 DB talked about the stop and where he stands in his recruitment in this update.

Malik Rucker broke the hearts of his home state college football fans when he verbally committed to rival Iowa this summer. The pressure for him to flip to Minnesota has remained, however.

"Sometimes there's pressure because everywhere I go there are Minnesota fans," the Class of 2013 DB said. "The whole coaching staff at my school (Robbinsdale Cooper) graduated from Minnesota; played for Minnesota. So, there's pressure there but I'm going where I'm most comfortable."

While he calls his Iowa commitment "solid", Rucker unofficially visited Minnesota on Saturday. Northwestern defeated the Golden Gophers, 21-13.

"You could say that I'm considering Minnesota, but I'm solid to Iowa," Rucker said. "I think I'm going to be solid throughout this whole process. But I was just going to Minnesota to see the atmosphere and to see how it was down there.

"I'm just making sure in case something does happen; something that is rare like a coaching change (at Iowa). It's a security thing, basically."

The Gophers coaches continue to pursue Rucker in hopes of keeping him home.

"They call me sometimes and they hit me up on Facebook," he said. "They just say they're going to keep recruiting me. They still want me. They tell me I could be a big part of the program and this recruiting class."

An announced crowd of 49,651at TCF Bank Stadium watched the Gophers fall to 0-2 in the Big Ten on Saturday. Iowa beat them, 31-17, on Sept. 29.

"It was alright," Rucker said. "It was raining a little bit. It was cold. It was a good game to watch. I just went to see the atmosphere."

Rucker said he did not tell the Iowa coaches that he was visiting Minnesota.

"They call me once a week," Rucker said. "They came up here within the last few weeks to watch me practice. I get a lot of mail from them still. I talk to Coach (Eric) Johnson and Coach (Darrell) Wilson regularly."

Recruiting doesn't end after a verbal commitment. It continues until national signing day in early February.

"It shows me just how bad they really do want me and what I mean to them," Rucker said of Iowa's continued pursuit. "It seems that I'm pretty wanted there and it keeps making me feel at home."

Rucker was excited about Iowa's 19-16, double-overtime victory at Michigan State on Saturday. The Hawkeyes moved to 2-0 in the Big Ten.

"That's a huge win for Iowa," Rucker said. "I had a lot of faith that it could happen."

Rucker said he plans to take his official Iowa visit in January. He's considering an unofficial trip to Iowa City on Saturday when the Hawkeyes play host to Penn State under the lights.

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