Rucker Reaffirms Commitment

Class of 2013 Iowa verbal Malik Rucker visited Minnesota a few weeks ago. Saturday, he dropped in on the Hawkeyes and talked about it with defensive coordinator Phil Parker.

Malik Rucker accepted an invitation to visit Minnesota a few weeks ago. The Iowa verbal commitment heard about it when he dropped in on the Hawkeyes Saturday.

"Coach (Phil) Parker said he heard about me going over to Minnesota," Rucker said. "I don't know. He didn't really like it.

"I told him I was just going to check out the game. He was cool with it. He knows I'm solid."

Rucker talked more about the Minnesota visit here.

Saturday's Iowa visit confirmed what Rucker believed when he verbally committed to the school in June - He fits with the Hawkeyes.

"I felt pretty comfortable," the 2013 MN CB said. "All the current players, they all seem like they're pretty comfortable around each other. The commits were talking and it seemed we were comfortable, too."

"They didn't win (Penn State, 38-14) but it was still a good visit for me to see the atmosphere again. It was exciting."

Other '13 Hawkeye verbals John Kenny, Ike Boettger, Jon Wisnieski, Sean Welsh and Brant Gressel joined Rucker in Iowa City during the weekend.

"It was cool,:" Rucker said. "I got to see how they act and how I fit in with them."

Rucker spent time with assistant coaches Parker, Darrell Wilson and Eric Johnson. He didn't get a chance to speak with Head Coach Kirk Ferentz.

"We just talked about our (high school) season and how things are going with me," Rucker said. "Really, that was it."

Robbinsdale (MN) Cooper High continues its Class AAAA playoff run Tuesday night. The No. 2-seeded Hawks face No. 7 Park Center.

"They're a pretty good team," Rucker said. "They play pretty good competition during the year, better than most of the teams in the section.

"My team has been clicking a lot lately. We've been feeling good about the state championship. We just need to focus on (Tuesday) and get the win."

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