Ryan Ruckdashel also wrestles as a heavyweight and has a 20-12 record this season. He also throws the discus and had a best toss of 137 feet.
Ruckdashel is an excellent student with a 3.85 GPA. He was nominated by Eastview High School for the ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) Award. He was named as one of the 25 students statewide to be recognized. Ruckdashel told me that he plans to major in excerise science.
Ruckdashel also has scholarship offers from Ball State, Northern Illinois and Iowa State and had heard from Northwestern and Iowa, but he has eliminated those schools. He attended football camps at Iowa State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame.
Eastview finished 6-4, losing to Rochester Mayo in the Section I, Class AAAAA semifinals. Ruckdashel is the lone returning offensive lineman. He is expected to play right tackle as well as nose guard on the defensive side of the ball.
Ruckdashel told me that he was recently timed with a 5.06 second 40-yard dash and bench pressed 185 pounds 31 times. His vertical is 28 inches.
Ruckdashel is considered to have excellent technique as a blocker and has demonstrated good aggressiveness.
Eastview opens their season against Chaska
What was it that made you narrow your list of schools to two?
"They are the two Big Ten schools. I want to play in the Big Ten. I like Michigan State a lot because of the campus and the offensive line coach. But, Minnesota has more of an offense that I would be better in. More running and not as much passing as Michigan State."
Do you have any official visits set yet?
"No. I have not set up an official visit yet. As of right now, I am planning to go to the Gopher game (versus Toledo) on Saturday."
What is going to be one or two factors that will make you choose one of the two schools?
"I am going to see what other guys are being recruited to the schools. Stuff like that. I'm just kind of waiting it out right now."
I know that the Gophers are not recruiting a lot of offensive linemen. Does that help them with your recruitment.
"Minnesota has not recruited an offensive lineman. They did not recruit one last year with (Lydon) Murtha bailing on them. They have been just converting defensive linemen to offensive linemen, so that gives me a better chance to play earlier at Minnesota."
Are you planning on participating in wrestling and track and field this year?
"As of right now, yes."
What are your goals for this season?
"As a team, we want to make it to the Dome, obviously. I think that right now, we are really underrated. Before we came to this scrimmage, people thought that they were going to walk all over us and even though I was injured, our offense steamrolled against these teams and our defense shut them down.
What was the injury?
"It is just a minor high ankle sprain. I rolled it pulling on the first play. It was very frustrating. They will look at again on Monday."
Have you thought much about when you would like to make a decision?
"I still will take an official visit to Minnesota and Michigan State. I'm still trying to make my decision by midway through the season and get it done."