Ruffin Has Irish High

With seven offers already in hand, Atlanta (GA) St. Pius X standout Nick Ruffin has his sights on Notre Dame. What are the Irish telling the Class of 2014 athlete?

Having picked up Vanderbilt and South Carolina offers this week, St. Pius X (Atlanta, GA) two-way standout Nick Ruffin has also recently heard from Notre Dame.

"There hasn't been an offer yet," said Ruffin. "But they are definitely showing interest, asking me if I can come up to South Bend sometime for a visit or a game."

What would an offer from the Irish mean?

"It would definitely mean a lot," said Ruffin. "As everybody knows, Notre Dame is a top-notch school, not only athletically but also academically. It's a historical school with a lot of tradition. Their athletic support system is phenomenal and I really like the direction the program is headed."

What Ruffin needs to do in order to earn an offer has been communicated to him.

"They said that it all comes down to how I really perform my junior season," said Ruffin. "They said they've seen a lot of kids their sophomore season, at least at cornerback, that can play for their school. But they really, really hold a high interest, but it will all come down to how I perform this season."

On the field Ruffin understands his strengths and knows he must continue to work on a couple of areas of his game.

"My strengths are that I'm very quick and have great recovery speed," said Ruffin. "I'm also a very good tackler. I do feel I need to work on my ability to read certain offenses and also improve my reaction time."

While some are recruiting Ruffin as a wide receiver, others have expressed their desire to play him on defense. Does he prefer one over the other?

"A lot of schools are recruiting me as a defensive back," said Ruffin. "There's some still recruiting me as a wide receiver, but I prefer defensive back."

While unable to visit Notre Dame, Ruffin did get a chance to visit a couple of camps, recently coming away with new offers.

"I've been offered by Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee," said Ruffin. "I just visited Vanderbilt and South Carolina and was offered by both. Vanderbilt was a great visit and I definitely wasn't expecting things to go as well as they did. But I thoroughly enjoyed it."

One reason for Ruffin's high interest in the Irish and other strong academic schools is his future plans.

"Academics are first and foremost in our household," said Ruffin. "I'm looking to study pre-med when I go to college as I plan on becoming a doctor."

Besides the academics, Ruffin has the key areas he's looking to address in the school he decides on.

"First and foremost is family involvement is very big to me," said Ruffin. "My family has been there for me since I started so I want them to be there for me as much as possible for my entire college experience.

"After that, academically do they offer the things I'm looking for. Third, do I feel at home there? I understand that for the next four years of my life, this is where I'll be. So do I feel at home?

"Then comes athletics, playing time and does the coaching staff treat me as a young man and not just a player. Do they want me to succeed or am I just another player running the ball?" Top Stories