Signee Spotlight 2010: Darvin Ruise

Florida athlete and 2010 Tiger signee Darvin Ruise is in the signee spotlight

LB DARVIN RUISE  6'2"  228  4.5  Glen St. Mary (FL) Baker County
(Last name is pronounced RUE-iss)


Ruise is a versatile talent who has an exciting combination of size, speed and athletic ability.  He was a two-way standout for Baker County, playing primarily quarterback and safety.  He helped lead his squad to a district championship in a sudden-death tiebreaker playoff system.  He won numerous regional and statewide awards for his play as a senior in 2009, which included over 600 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns and 4 receiving touchdowns on offense, to go with 3 interceptions playing on defense.  As a junior, Ruise had 5 interceptions and added 93 tackles, while contributing offensively with over 600 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground.

His high school coach is Bobby Johns, and his parents are Chris Okeibunor and Marie Ruise.  He is interested in studying in Missouri's School of Business, and lists hunting and playing musical instruments as his hobbies.  Ruise chose Missouri over Tennessee, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and East Carolina,
among others, and was very impressed with the family atmosphere, as well as the student support at Tiger games as things which stood out about his choosing MU.


Baker County (FL) High School Head Coach Bobby Johns talked about Darvin Ruise. "He's a four-year starter for us at safety.  Also, has been our starting QB.  We're an option team.  He's been our starting QB the last two years.  He's a very big, physical kid.  He has very, very good coverage skills.  I think he'll play safety or some type of outside linebacker on the next level.  He's got good enough coverage skills that I think he could play corner for a lot of folks.  He's a very strong kid.  He placed fourth in the state in his weight class (219 lbs.) in competitive weightlifting last year. He's a very smart football player."

Coach Johns continued, "He (Ruise) covers really, really well.  He could have played corner for us without any trouble, but we needed him at safety.  He's an extremely good open-field tackler.  He's one of the best I've had, as far as tackling in the open field."   

Missouri Assistant Coach Josh Henson was the primary recruiter on Ruise.  He had this to say about this versatile young athlete.  "Darvin's a great athlete.  He was offered by Georgia Tech as a QB.............. He can play safety.  I think he'll grow into a great linebacker.  He looks great right now.  On top of that, he's just a great, great kid."


JP: "Tremendous find by the Tiger staff, and a player that could be the sleeper of the class. Great strength  and athleticism. Versatile athlete who could play a couple of positions, but gives the hybrid OLB/S type defender that will work out well in the Big 12 and against passing teams and spread offenses. Can stay on the field against the run or pass. Looks like a special teams contributor also.I expect Tiger fans to be hearing a lot about him in a couple years."

Greg: "Ruise may be listed as a safety for now, but he'll play at OLB.  He's a great athlete, and with his coverage skills, will provide Missouri with the versatility they like at the OLB position." 

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