Rucker meets Joseph

Minnesota safety Malik Rucker has been to Lincoln before, but never as a recruit. Come inside as the junior talks about his trip to Lincoln over the weekend.

With offers from now Iowa, Iowa State, SMU, Northern Illinois, North Dakota, and home state Minnesota, Robbinsdale Cooper high school (MN) junior safety Malik Rucker's recruitment has been very busy over the last couple of weeks.

On Saturday, escorted by his dad (former Husker Charles Rucker), Malik checked out Nebraska's opening spring practice.

"It was nice. It was really uptempo and pretty exciting," said the junior. "I have been to Lincoln before to see games, but it was when I was a lot younger."

A 6-foot-0, 175-pound safety, Rucker has said from the very beginning he wanted to create his own path, but was open to the idea of going to Nebraska. His brother Xavier was also a Husker, before transferring in May of 2008.

"I'm hearing from them a lot," said Rucker. "I got to sit down with Coach Joseph, he just got there, but he said that he wants to evaluate some players before they offer me. He said that one might be coming in the next few weeks.

"They would definitely be high on my list. Everything was nice down there and I really liked it."

During his visit, he also met with other members of the Nebraska coaching staff.

"I talked with Coach Pelini, Coach Cotton, the defensive coordinator (Coach Papuchis) and a few others," said Rucker. "Coach Pelini came up to me while they were practicing and said he was really happy to finally meet me and that he would talk with me later."

So what is Rucker looking for in his school of choice?

"I want to go to a school with a great academic background…great academic support," he said. "Also, I want to go to a school with a great atmosphere with nice people around where I just feel comfortable around the players and around the coaches."

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.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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