Hawks After Another Michigan Speedster

Detroit cornerback/wide receiver Chris Rucker (5-8, 165, 4.4), from County Day High School in Beverly Hills (Mich.), said he favors Iowa slightly over Purdue and Bowling Green (Ohio). All have offered.

"I have five offers right now. Miami (Oh), Iowa and Bowling Green are recruiting me as a cornerback. Purdue and Eastern Michigan want me as a wide receiver. And if Minnesota ends up offering me, they'll want me as a wide receiver, too," Chris Rucker said.

"I prefer to be a receiver because I like to make plays and I think I'm a better threat on offense. I'm a better athlete on offense because my best strength is making big plays. I want to improve my tackling and finishing plays.

"Iowa has a good program and background--like a lot of players from Iowa have gone on to the NFL--which means there's a good chance at the next level for me. I haven't visited because it's eight hours away and my parents would rather I go no farther than five or six driving hours from home. But I met Iowa's coaches when they came to my school, and they were very enthusiastic. They held nothing back, and told me how I can make myself a better athlete," Rucker said.

"I also know a kid who is in my same grade and will be playing at Iowa, Anthony Bowman (wide receiver). We played together in little league football and we also know each other from summer league track team--so it would be cool to know him in college too. I run a 100 in 10.42 seconds, but I'm not interested in running track in college.

"Purdue is in the Big Ten. I'm going to camp there tomorrow, Sunday (July 23). I really like my recruiting coach, (Brock) Spack. I call him frequently just to see what's going on with the team, and he tells me to keeping working hard, and the things I can do to improve. Purdue is a four hour drive from home," Rucker said.

"Bowling Green is in the MAC and it's only an hour and a half from home. I got to meet the whole staff when I visited. They came up to me and said I would do real well in the lin-up and that I wouldn't have to redshirt there.

"I'm really looking for playing time. I'm also looking for a university where my major is big. I want to be a sports agent, so I'll major in business--maybe law," he said.

Rucker reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 20 ACT.


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