Ryan Ruckdashel, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound offensive lineman from Apple Valley (Minn.) Eastview is a prospect with scholarship offers and he looks to be one of the better guard prospects in the Midwest.
Starters - Ruckdashel will be a three-year letter winner and two-year starter in 2004. He was named all-area as a junior and will be team captain in 2004. He anchored the left side of the line last year as a junior.
Positives - Good "Z" in the knee. Good initial quickness into blocks. Uses angles and positioning extremely well. Simply overpowers defensive linemen at the high school level. Good awareness and plays with knee bend. Adequate mirror-and-slide ability. Strong zone blocker and can get to the second level (linebackers) with ease. Can also anchor extremely well when he bends his knees. Locks on blocks and doesn't stop until the whistle blows. Can adjust well on the second level and is better than average blocking in space.
Negatives - Lacks the ideal size and agility to be a tackle at the next level. Will need to move inside and play guard in college where he'll have protection. Needs to play with a wider base and better initial punch. A little stiff in the hips and can improve on his overall foot speed. A slight frame, only weighed 255-pounds at a combine this summer. He'll need to add some weight to dominate at the next level.
Summary - The good definitely outweighs the bad here. Ruckdashel is a tough, hard-nosed road grader that's physical and should be a very good lineman at the next level. Ryan could play for me any day of the week. He's a Midwest "Hot 100" prospect that has a shot at earning All-Midwest honors at the end of the year.
Scouting Report - OL Ryan Ruckdashel
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