But that was then, because now Ruiz says he’s looking in a different direction in regards to one of those schools.
“I’ll put it like this, I’m not really considering ‘Bama like I used to, they haven’t even sent me an official offer, so I lost a connection with them really.” said Ruiz, moments after he helped lead Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy to a 26-7 victory against Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High.
So with Alabama out, where does that put Michigan exactly?
“It puts Michigan at a tie with Oklahoma, North Carolina, and those other schools on my list, everybody is tied now” Ruiz said, further adding: “One school left (my recruitment), just waiting on my options now. Now I’m just going to take my official visits and see what I can see.”
And Michigan, Ruiz said, is on his official visit plan this fall.
“Hopefully, if my schedule allows it, I play a lot of Saturday games, I’m looking at dates trying to plan officials now,” Ruiz said.
But if and when he visits Ann Arbor, Ruiz hopes U-M can show him a good time that outweighs the rest of his top offers.
“Show me a great time, show me why I belong at Michigan,” Ruiz said. “That’s how I feel about every school. Show me why I should come to your school. Show me why this school is better than the other one.”
Former U-M freshman wide receiver Amir Mitchell, who happens to be Ruiz’s good friend, recently departed from Michigan’s program, and Ruiz made it clear with Mitchell no longer being a Wolverine that it will not affect his recruitment with the Wolverines whatsoever.
“That’s on him,” Ruiz said. “I love him, that’s like my brother. But he did what he had to do. I wish him the best of luck wherever he goes, my bother.”
That being said, Ruiz said he’s still is in good relations with the people he still knows at Michigan.
“I got a good relationship with a lot of people there,” Ruiz said of U-M. “I feel comfortable there. I think that’s the school I spent the most time at, really, even though it’s the farthest away from home it’s an eight-hour drive. It’s just when I go, I had two former teammates that were committed to Michigan, so whenever it was time to take a visit it was always at Michigan taking time there. I got to get to know a lot of people there and got to get real comfortable.”
Ruiz plans to announce his commitment at the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 1, 2017.