Martin Rucker DE/LB/TE - 6-5, 210, 4.65 (40) - St. Joseph, Missouri (Benton) - As a junior, Rucker did his damage from both sides of the ball, tallying some 60+ tackles from the LB and DE positions as well as being a force at TE. Rucker's stats not reflecting his effectiveness from the TE position simply because when you are his size with his speed, defenses are going to key on you. Given that, Martin looks to a big season this year, because improving his already good speed was a primary goal."Last year, I was running around 4.95, but just today, I ran a 4.65." Speaking of positions, Martin prefers the tight end position and that makes up most of the attention he is receiving right now. Rucker reported that he is hearing from Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Colorado State and Utah State and amongst those, Missouri and Nebraska had both reportedly offered Martin in writing.
With an athletic legacy of sorts that stems from brother, Mike Rucker who was an All-American rush end for Nebraska, Martin has more than a little pressure on him to succeed. No doubt, there is also some pressure as to where he is going, but Martin does say that it's not set in stone. "I have always wanted to go to Nebraska, but I am just going to keep my options open and see how it goes."
Rucker's list goes Nebraska and Missouri as both "high" interests and Kansas as medium.