Minnesota isn't one of the first states you think of when it comes to NC State football recruiting.
It's certainly not a state that has played a huge role in the Wolfpack's recruiting efforts over the years. However, the internet- in addition to accelerating the evaluation process- has also expanded recruiting regions. That's played a part in the Pack's interest and they are one of the 16 schools that have offered Malik Rucker, a junior New Hope (MN) Robbinsdale Cooper safety.
Rucker told Pack Pride early this week that he will use the weekends of April 21 and 28 to visit a couple of schools. He just hasn't decided on where he's going yet.
This past weekend he visited Iowa and the Hawkeyes made a strong pitch.
"It was fun getting to watch the practice," he said. "I talked to Coach Ferentz, Coach Wilson and Coach Johnson. They were all basically saying they really want me and like the way I play."
That has been a common refrain from all of the schools that have offered the 6-0, 175-pound defensive back, including NC State. In addition to his trip to Iowa, Rucker has been to Minnesota, Iowa State and Nebraska in recent weeks.
Rucker hasn't been able to visit NC State but said he plans on visiting all, or "most" he would later say, of the schools recruiting him before he makes his decision. One reason he hasn't been to Raleigh? NC State is one of the most recent offers he has along with Arizona State, Boston College and Ohio.
"Coach Petercuskie is recruiting me. I don't really know how to pronounce his last name well," he admitted, laughing. "I've spoken with him a couple of times. He likes the way I play and said I've got great character. He talks about that a lot.
"He said he's talked to the head coach about me and they both like me a lot. He also told me I could come in and compete early to play either corner and safety."
Rucker admitted he doesn't know much about NC State yet but said it's "definitely" one of the schools he wants to visit before he makes his decision. Time will tell if he follows through with that, as there are plenty of other schools he wants to visit as well.
One reason colleges like Rucker is his ability to play either corner or safety in college. He told Pack Pride he would feel equally comfortable at either spot and that's an asset.
Would distance from home work against the Wolfpack?
"That's not that big of a factor," Rucker responded.
"The bigger things for me is obviously the school and academics but also I want to go somewhere with a great atmosphere and somewhere I get along with the coaches, especially my position coach. It can't just be my recruiting coordinator for my area. I want to get a good feel for the defensive backs coach before I make my decision."
Rucker went on to say he's not sure when he wants to narrow his list but he does think he wants to take his official visits.
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