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Another prize prospect out north New Jersey, Cesar Ruiz seemed destined to become a Wolverine from day one. Why? Well, he visited U-M’s campus multiple times throughout his recruitment, also had many friends on Michigan's team already, so naturally it was a perfect fit when he announced his commitment to U-M in late December. Not to mention, he further the Jersey to Ann Arbor pipeline started by Jabrill Peppers in 2014.
“Ruiz plays with a low pad level and explodes well. He is quick to the second level and his agility allows him to manipulate his body and make square blocks on smaller targets. He has a strong initial punch and once engaged, he drives his legs and turns the defensive play to open a hole. He retreats well in pass protection and he reads blitzes well. Adding more knee bend and getting his hands inside more are key to his development.” -- National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn
WHY RUIZ CHOSE MICHIGAN?
"What really influenced this decision was just from day one and when I first started being recruited, they never gave up on me," Ruiz told Scout. "I had about 35 offers, and they started recruiting me during my sophomore year, so they really showed that they really wanted me and needed me, and I took that into consideration as well.
"I've built a relationship with not only the coaches, but the players as well. I know a lot of people that enrolled there last year and will enroll there this year, so they can help me too."
Standing at 6-foot-3, 321-pounds, Ruiz brings massive body to the center position. He moves well for his size, and showcases good enough feet to stay at center or move to one of the other guard spots. He’ll probably need to shed some unnecessary weight moving forward, but with enrolling early and having a head start in the weight room, he could see playing time early and often as a freshman.