Rucker visits Kansas

Saturday, Kansas football held its annual spring game - and hosted some of its top recruiting targets from the Class of 2013 in the process. One such target was New Hope (MN) Robbinsdale Cooper defensive back Malik Rucker, who took his first visit to Lawrence, Kan. and left pleasantly surprised.

The Jayhawks have been recruiting Malik Rucker for "a while" - one of the first programs to make contact after the 6-foot, 175-pound athlete sent out his junior film. Not so coincidentally, they were also one of the first to offer.

In the weeks since, Rucker has developed a relationship with Kansas recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach Rob Ianello.

"He's a real cool guy," he said. "His wife is from Minnesota, so he's familiar with Minnesota. He recruits me hard, and we talk a lot."

Most recruits who have never visited Lawrence enter with a slight sense of trepidation - the national perception of the state of Kansas can, and often does, precede itself.

Once they see everything the city and university have to offer, however, they leave almost universally singing a different tune, and Rucker was no different.

"It was real impressive," he said. "I didn't think it was going to be as nice as it was. It was real, real nice. I really, really liked it."

During his time on campus, he had the chance to speak with Ianello, defensive coordinator Dave Campo and Head Coach Charlie Weis.

In fact, he got a little one-on-one time with the fist-year Kansas head coach.

"I talked with Coach Weis in his office and he got to just talk about how he runs KU and what KU is all about," Rucker said. "He thinks I could come in and compete. He's not saying I could come in and have a spot, but I could come in and compete for a spot right away."

Though it is early in the process, the talented athlete - capable of playing both cornerback and safety - already has an impressive offer list, which includes the likes of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina State and others.

He's still figuring things out, and has no timeframe for a decision.

"I'm not sure yet," Rucker said. "I don't think it'll take too long. I guess I'll make the decision when I feel the most comfortable."


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