OL Makes Commitment to UM

When Miami (Fla.) Krop standout offensive lineman tooo his official visit to the University of Miami last weekend, he had a pretty good idea of what was going to happen. "I sorta knew in the back of my mind that Miami is where I wanted to go," Rutledge said.

"When I took my visit and had a chance to hang out with some of the players, it made me feel real comfortable. They just did a great job recruiting me."

Rutledge is now committed to the Hurricanes. He chose UM over Florida, Pittsburgh, N.C. State, and Rutgers.

"I really enjoyed my visits to those other three schools," he said. "N.C. State is a good program. They have some kids from Miami and it seemed like a nice place. Pittsburgh's coaches were cool too. Florida was the one I really liked. I was thinking hard about them for a little while too."

At 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, Rutledge said he's looking forward to working with UM coach Art Kehoe in the future.

"Coach Kehoe's one of the best around," he said. "It doesn't get any better than that. I really like him, his attitude and his intensity. He said they really want me, they need me. Eric (Winston) is the left tackle now but after he leaves, they're gonna need someone to step in and fill that hole. I think I'm the man. I'm up for the job. I just need to go in, work hard, get bigger and stronger, and just work on what I need to do."

Rutledge has only been playing football for two years and really came on strong as a senior.

"At first, I really didn't know what was going on," he said. "I was just big and just out there. I hustle though and that helped. As I kept playing, I started learning more and more. Going to camps like the one at UM last summer really helped me with some technique stuff. I really started to understand what I had to do. I think I had a good year, made All-Dade, played in the all-star game. Now I'm ready to take it to the next level. Eventually I want to be in the NFL and I think playing for UM is a great way for me to get there."

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