PSU Courting Maryland Tailback

Penn State is searching for running backs to replace seniors Eric McCoo and Omar Easy, who will be finishing up their college careers this season. One high-school player they are courting to fill the enormous void is 6-1, 218 pound Malcolm Ruff.

Ruff is a big, strong tailback who runs a 4.5 forty-yard dash.  Last season, while playing for Gilman High in Baltimore, Maryland, he ran for 14 TDs and 1,200 yards.

Although tailback is his favorite position, Malcolm will also be playing strong safety on defense this year so that his physical talents can be utilized on both sides of the ball.  In his first game this season, he had 4 tackles and 1 sack from his strong safety position.

Malcolm has already received several scholarship offers.

"Boston College, Syracuse, Penn State, Duke, Virginia, Wake Forest, LSU and Iowa have offered me," said Malcolm.  "I camped at Virginia.  That was the only camp I went to.  I really like Virginia.  I visited Virginia, Duke and UNC already unofficially."

So, is Virginia his favorite team?

"Not right now, right now I'm looking more towards Duke because the school I come from is a really good academic school and it just seems like a good fit," he said.  "But, I really like Virginia and Syracuse.  They're also very good schools, and Wake Forest also.  I like Stanford too, but they haven't offered me."

Penn State has kept in contact with Malcolm.

"Yeah, I talk to the Penn State coaches a lot," he said.  "I just got a nice little letter from Joe Paterno.  It was a pretty nice letter but I probably wouldn't want to go up there.  I haven't been up there.  It just doesn't sound like anything I'd be interested in.  The football program is pretty good, but I don't know much about the school. Maybe it would be different if I visited, but I haven't had the chance.  I may take an official visit there."

Penn State has not sent Malcolm information about the school's academics.  They have sent information about the football program.

Malcolm has good grades and is already qualified.  He would like to major in pre-law.

He watched a "little bit" of college football growing up and liked Notre Dame and Nebraska.  He's heard from both teams but neither has offered.

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