Can Nebraska Land Another Rucker?

With Iowa and a couple 1-AA offers to his name, Malik Rucker is starting to see his recruitment pick up.

His dad played at Nebraska, so did his brother, but safety Malik Rucker (Robbinsdale Cooper HS) would like to carve out his own image once he reaches the college ranks.

"I would definitely go to Nebraska, but I am trying to create my own path and my own image," stated Rucker to

Rucker is the son of former Husker Charles Rucker. His brother Xavier played at Nebraska from 2006 to 2007, before transferring in May of 2008.

With that being said, there has to be some advantage for Nebraska if they do extend an offer to the six-foot, 175 pound safety, right?

"[My family connection to Nebraska] is a big impact because I think they would be comfortable with sending me there," said Rucker. "I was in contact with Coach (Corey) Raymond but he recently left to go to LSU. Another coach called me and he said they still really like me. They said they want me to come in for a visit. They want to see me to evaluate my height and length."

The Minnesota native, who is searching for the right combination of academics, atmosphere and coaches, has received three offers (South Dakota State, North Dakota, Iowa) while drawing interest from Wisconsin, Iowa State and Minnesota in addition to Nebraska. However, Rucker has no favorites as of now.

"I will make a decision when I feel the most comfortable," the 6-foot, 170-pounder from Robbinsdale Cooper Senior High (New Hope, MN) said. "I don't know when that will be or how that will go. I just feel like when it's my time to commit, I'll commit."

Rucker reports a top 40-yard dash time of 4.48 seconds. He also runs track for Cooper. He said his top times were 10.8 in the 100, 22.0 in the 200 and 50.0 in the 400.

Parts of Rob Howe's report on were included in this report

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