OL Picks Up Two Big Offers

Miami (Fla.) Dr. Krop standout offensive lineman Chris Rutledge had an impressive senior season, which was just his second year playing football. At 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds, Rutledge is now conditioning with the basketball team.

"I'm not actually playing but I'm doing all the conditioning so I can stay in shape," he said. "I wanna stay in shape and keep lifting and running. I wanna leave here a monster. I wanna be ready for when I go to college. I see all these 300 pound guys but I think I can be even better than them."

Rutledge, who has a frame to be 310 pounds, in a couple years, is a full academic qualifier after scoring over 1100 on the SAT. He's been turning his attention to the recruiting process lately.

"Now the coaches are stopping by here and calling unlimited, it's making it pretty crazy," he said. "It gets so crazy sometimes that I think about committing early and not having to deal with all of it. But I ain't ready to do that yet."

The talented offensive lineman has had in-home visits with N.C. State and Ohio State already this week and said there would have been more but it's difficult to schedule them.

"My mom works from 3 till 11:30 so it's kinda hard," he said. "What most of them will do is meet with me at school and then meet with my mama at home before she leaves for work."

Rutledge said he received two big scholarship offers in the mail recently.

"I just got written offers from Ohio State and Miami to add to what I already had," he said. "Coach Kehoe actually called me right before their game on Saturday against Pittsburgh. I was a little surprised he was calling me before such a big game that would determine if they go to the BCS or not."

Rutledge said he's narrowed his list down to six programs but may be cutting it down to five very soon.

"I had a visit scheduled to Maryland but the more I thougt about it, the more I realized that I just ain't real interested in them," he said. "Miami and N.C. State are definitely my top two followed by Ohio State and Florida. I'm also probably going to visit Rutgers. That was supposed to be this weekend with Akeem (Robinson) and Antonio (Dixon) but they're both still in the playoffs so we're all gonna go up there on January 23rd probably."

Rutledge will make his official visit to UM in January.

"I like UM a lot," he said. "I went to the Orange Bowl this year, see what it's like. Coach Kehoe seems real cool. I was at their camp. They have a chance to recruit anyone in the nation and they picked me. I'll go in there and compete with anyone they got. Just give me a chance. I'm still learning. I feel like my best days are ahead of me and with Coach Kehoe, I think I can become a much better lineman. I just need to prepare myself the right way."

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