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Many thought that 2017 Scout 300 offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz (IMG Academy) would eventually choose Michigan after placing them at the top of his top 12 list of schools a few months. Plus, add in the New Jersey ties and many thought the Wolverines were sitting pretty.
Now, it's definitely far from a lock for the Wolverines.
“I had a top 12 that was in order and two days ago I tweeted that the top 12 was no longer in order because I did my research,” Ruiz said. “It’s kind of difficult to put 12 schools in order.”
Though the order his top 12 schools aren't known at this time, U-M has some strong ties to Ruiz. Before transferring to IMG Academy, Ruiz was a New Jersey native and knows many of the players that are headed to Ann Arbor this fall.
Defensive lineman Rashan Gary and Mike Dwumfour were in attendance during the Wolverines' Paramus Catholic stop and were in Ruiz's ear about going blue.
That's not new for Ruiz, however. As its a regular occurrence for the offensive lineman.
“They’re on me every day,” Ruiz said with a smile. “Every time I see them it’s how it is. It’s all love though, of course they’re going to try to recruit me. It’s fun.
“Mike (Dwumfour) kind of shocked me today, Mike never really talked to me that much. I hear from Rashan, Brad (Hawkins), all those dudes.”
Ruiz appears to be taking his time with his decision. With many months left in his recruitment, he will start to whittle his list down to a group of five.
“I’ve got 12 right now,” Ruiz said. “I might narrow it down to seven in a couple months and from there I will narrow it down to five. Those five schools will be the schools I will take my official to. I’m committing and the Under Armour game.”
With that, what exactly will go into his decision making?
“Just my personal preferences,” Ruiz said. “Schools that fit well with my major, fit well with my life goals. Playing time, I want to play early because I feel like I’m good enough to play early. A lot of personal things, how I fit with the coaching staff and things like that.”