Two-Way Michigan Prep Hearing from Iowa

Detroit Country Day's Chris Rucker is one of the more exciting two way players in the state of Michigan.. Rucker received his first Big 10 offer from the Iowa Hawkeyes in early May, and then followed that offer up with offers from Minnesota and Purdue. He also received scholarship offers from Bowling Green and Ohio. Rucker talks about his recruitment, including his talks with Iowa...

Detroit Country Day's Chris Rucker is one of the more exciting two way players in the state of Michigan in the Class of 2007. Rucker received his first Big Ten offer from the Iowa Hawkeyes in early May, and then followed that offer up with offers from Minnesota and Purdue. He also received scholarship offers from Bowling Green and Ohio.

While projected by most in the business as a cornerback, Rucker has made it no secret he hopes to play offense in college, and some schools have stepped up to make that promise.

"When I first started playing football, I began playing offense," Rucker told Scout.com. "I feel that I'm better on offense because I'm an explosive player who can make plays happen. Both Purdue and Minnesota have told me they are recruiting me to play offense, but Iowa has told me they are recruiting me to play cornerback."

""I spoke to Coach (Phil) Parker from Iowa two weeks ago, and he just asked me if I was coming down for a visit, and I told him I needed to make arrangements. He told me after seeing my film he felt that I had a lot of quickness, I was able to turn over my hips well, and would be a good cover one cornerback in their system. A friend of mine, Anthony Bowman, who I run summer track with, is going to play football at Iowa this fall," he said.

""I'm going to make a visit to Purdue on July 23rd. Coach (Brock) Spack has been the one recruiting me, and told me I could be a go-to-man in their offense. They can use me in the slot, even some at halfback, and use me in a variety of trick plays. He told me it'd be a good decision to attend Purdue with their offense and how much they could get the ball in my hands."

""Coach (Carey) Bailey has been recruiting me for Minnesota, and told me I reminded him of a former Gopher they used as a return specialist, wide receiver, and on defense. I think he was talking about Tyrone Carter, but I can't remember the name. Minnesota has a good business program, too," Rucker said.

""I'm going to attend Northwestern's camp on July 28th, and then I'll probably make my way out to Iowa around that time. Coach (Matt) MacPherson has been recruiting me for Northwestern, and we've had a lot of players from Country Day go to Northwestern so I want to check them out."

""I attended a Junior Day at Michigan State in the spring, and Coach (Jeff) Stoutland has told me they are interested. I need to see about making a camp there to workout, but I know they want to see me in person," he said.

""Coach (Ron) English from Michigan told me they like me as a cornerback, but I told him I'd like to play offense. I'm missed their camp last week, but I'm going to try and make it down to Ann Arbor sometime."

"As a junior, in nine games, Rucker recorded 35 receptions and 12 touchdowns on offense, and four interceptions and two sacks on defense.

""I'm going to take some official visits, more than likely after my season, and then I will make my decision," said Rucker, who holds a 3.2 GPA and is awaiting his test score on the ACT taken in June.


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