Just as quickly as he bursts off the line of scrimmage, Naperville (Il.) Central three-star wide receiver Emmanuel Rugamba has burst onto the recruiting scene this summer.
“I think my offseason has been going pretty well,” Rugamba told GoBlueWolverine. “A lot of successful things have happened for me. I really showed out at the Rivals camp. I think I had one of my best performances there. I’ve improved working with Core6. I’ve been going against the top defenders and the top team, and definitely with the college camps I’ve been at this summer.”
During his sophomore season, Rugamba indicated that he might possess the physical tools necessary to succeed at the next level. At 6’0”, 170 lbs., Rugamba’s size has netted him many camp invites, though he only attended camps at a select handful of schools. He currently holds an offer from Illinois.
“This summer I have been able to make stops at University of Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Michigan and Michigan State,” said Rugamba.
His camp trip to Michigan was a return visit after first checking out campus on an unofficial visit in February. There was one detail in particular that stood out about his camp experience at the Wolverines Technique School.
“Definitely the talent there,” he said. “At their camps, they always have the top guys come out and there were a lot of talented teens, especially in the defensive backfield and at receiver too.”
This didn’t discourage Rugamba, however, who is overall pleased with how he stacked up to the talented group of prospects.
“I think at receiver I performed pretty well. At defensive back, I think I have some things to work on, but I think it definitely taught me a lot at the defensive back position. I definitely learned a lot at the camp.”
This camp experience allowed for Rugamba to benefit in two different areas. First, it taught him more about the two positions he camped at- wide receiver and defensive back. Secondly, it gave Rugamba a first-hand opportunity to experience the coaching styles employed by the Michigan Wolverines’ staff.
“I definitely liked the coaching style,” said Rugamba. “It was definitely on point and it gets you educated. When you walk in doing something one way, you walk out feeling a different way about it, like you have it down. It’s a new kind of thing to you. So they definitely showed a lot of hands on stuff and really helped my game with things.”
While Rugamba notes that he has a good relationship with Michigan safety coach Curt Mallory, the athletic wide receiver gushed about the connection he has with the Illinois coaching staff.
“I really like the Illini coaching staff,” said Rugamba. “I really like them. They are a lot of fun. Coach Bellamy is a great guy. When he recruits you, he tells you exactly whether he likes you or not. If he likes you, then it’s things you need to work on. He’s always coaching you up. He’s a cool guy to just talk to. He’s one of the better relationships I have made in recruitment.”
Given the proximity to home and Illinois’ status as Rugamba’s only offer, it would seem as if the Fighting Illini would be difficult to overtake in his recruitment. Rugamba dispels this notion, though, and talks about what he is looking for in a school.
“I don’t know how big of a factor [distance] would be now,” said Rugamba. “I’m definitely open to whatever, to going away. [He’s looking for ] the feeling the school gives me when you walk in and you just love a place. Things like that, you know. How my mom reacts to the situation and if she likes the school. Just the atmosphere of the school—and of course the coaching staff of the school.”
He added that Penn State and Nebraska are two schools that he would like to visit this fall.
Rugamba Discusses U-M Camp Experience
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