Ruble Recaps Terps Official

DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) offensive tackle Brock Ruble has been in College Park, Md., numerous times during the last few years, so there really isn't much Maryland can show him that he hasn't seen before. But he still thoroughly enjoyed himself during last weekend's official visit and was intrigued by the school's academics and the chance to take a deeper look at Randy Edsall's program.

DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) offensive tackle Brock Ruble has been in College Park, Md., numerous times during the last few years, so there really isn't much Maryland can show him that he hasn't seen before. Which was the case, for the most part, last weekend when the 6-foot-8, 320-pound three-star recruit took his official visit to Maryland. Ruble, though, still thoroughly enjoyed himself and was intrigued by the school's academics and the chance to take a deeper look at Randy Edsall's program.

"This isn't really a knock, but I've been there so many times nothing really popped, but it was still a really good time," said Ruble, who will take his final official to N.C. State this weekend when the Wolfpack take on the Terps. "But just being around the team more, seeing the walk-through, the academics, the coaches – it was good."

Ruble arrived in College Park last Friday night and was hosted by former DeMatha and Gilman quarterback Shane Cockerille. The big lineman didn't get a chance to tour the school -- "I've done that a couple times already anyway," he said – but he had a chance to grab dinner with a few Terps players and then take in the pregame practice.

"I was with the offense most of the time, and it was really cool to see how they prepared, the focus they had," Ruble said. "You got kind of a good idea how things run from the inside that maybe you wouldn't see from just being around campus. They let me see closer into what they were doing."

During the practice Ruble actually hung out with Maryland's other official visitor last weekend, Weeki Wachee (Fla.) lineman Marcus Applefield. Applefield is also considering offers from Rutgers, Purdue, Virginia and Vanderbilt, but Maryland left a good impression on him as well.

"It's funny, we talked a little bit, but we were mainly talking about hobbies, like how he likes to fish. We really don't talk about recruiting or things like that," Ruble said. "Me and him, we are actually pretty similar in we're both from the country, like to fish, things like that. I know Maryland would like to have both of us."

The next day, Ruble had a chance to speak to offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, as well as line coach Tom Brattan. He said he particularly enjoyed going over film with Brattan in the team hotel before the Maryland-Boston College game that afternoon.

"We watched film and he was halfway teaching me, halfway testing me to see what I knew," Ruble said. "I actually knew most of the terminology and what he was talking about. It had nothing to do with recruiting, so I really enjoyed it because we were just talking football.

"And Saturday night I talked to Coach Locksley, and he talked about the need for offensive linemen that Maryland has. He said they need big bodies in the Big Ten like me or Marcus and guys like us."

The game itself ended in a 29-26 Maryland loss when Boston College's kicker nailed a last-second game-winning field goal. Despite the result, Ruble still thought the Terps played well and came away impressed.

"It was really cold, but it was a great game though," Ruble said. "It was two really good teams. That BC running back [Andre Williams] was a beast. Both sides were making plays, but unfortunately for Maryland, BC made the last big play."

After the game and on Sunday Ruble took the opportunity to hang out with Cockerille and speak to a few players. He said it was "kind of cool" being with Cockerille since he knew him a bit from DeMatha, while he briefly spoke to some linemen as well.

"A lot of the guys were asking where I was from, they said ‘Come to Maryland,' stuff like that," Ruble said. "I didn't get to see them too much, but it was nice."

Besides the team-oriented events, Ruble, who wants to major in sports management or sports broadcasting, also got a taste for Maryland's academics, which was actually key to the whole trip. While he'd heard about the school's strong journalism program, he'd never delved into it or researched it much before last weekend.

"The academic side was different in regards to how my major would work. That was cool," Ruble said. "I talked to one of the assistants how everything worked, how students have their own radio shows, the layout for the whole program -- it was really neat. I had never heard that before. They took me through everything they do there and I really liked that."

Before Ruble left on Sunday he met one-on-one with head coach Randy Edsall, who has taken the lead with his recruiting. Ruble said Edsall didn't say anything earth shattering, but his message has been consistent and poignant.

"Coach Edsall has actually been Facebooking me more, calling me more, so he seems like he's the one taking over the recruitment. Coach Locksley and I actually joked about that," Ruble said. "It's kind of cool that the head coach is taking the lead; you feel more important in a way.

"But [Edsall] was just talking about the need for linemen and how I could fill it. Then he talked about the academics, representing the home state and things like that. It was a good conversation."

With Maryland in the books, Ruble has N.C. State coming up before making his final decision. Florida State, a school he's already taken an official to, is also in the running for his services.

"N.C. State is the last [visit] planned for now," Ruble said. "I'm sure my official decision will probably happen after this visit. I'm not sure how soon after, whether it'll be a day or like a week, but I've told everybody it will be soon after this one."

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