Texas Tech Visits Rucker

Texas Tech dropped in to see 2013 Minnesota DB Malik Rucker in hopes of pulling him away from his Iowa verbal commitment. He spoke with Hawkeye Insider about the meeting and how it impacted his recruitment.

Texas Tech extended a scholarship offer to Malik Rucker last month despite him being verbally committed to Iowa since June. The Red Raiders continued their pursuit of the 2013 defensive back on Saturday by visiting him at his Minnesota home.

"They talked about what they plan on doing defensively and facilities and academics," the 6-foot, 175-pound Rucker said. "We went to the Timberwolves Shootout and watched my school (Robbinsdale Cooper) play (basketball). We talked about everything to do with Texas Tech."

The Raiders recently hired alumnus Kliff Kingsbury as their head coach. His secondary coach, Kevin Curtis, visited Rucker.

"It sounds similar to Iowa but younger, which can be a good and bad thing," Rucker said of the Tech staff. "From what i heard (Saturday), Tech is a good school and they want to win on the field and in the class. They said they're going to do it with swagg."

Despite the Raiders' push for Rucker, they face an uphill battle to pull him away from the Hawkeyes.

"I don't think it impacts me too much but it's good to hear what other schools have to offer," Rucker said of Saturday's meeting with Curtis. "They want me to (visit), but I'm not sure if I will."

Rucker has until Feb. 6 to make his final decision. That's when recruits can begin signing binding national letters of intent.

Asked what the chances would be that he will ink the paper for Iowa, the cornerback said: "Right now, I'm positive I will."


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