The Boilermakers have pinpointed Ruffin as one of their top cornerback prospects, and even sent defensive coordinator Greg Hudson in for a visit to St. Pius X High School this month.
Since meeting with Hudson, the cornerback has begun to conduct some research on the program. However, the relationships he has built currently stand out the most.
"The guys that recruit [for Purdue], they're very professional," said Ruffin. "They really have a sense for professionalism, and they're a good team—for the past 10 years or so. They've had a solid program. Last year was a downward spiral for them, but they definitely recruited talented this last season. I'm looking for them to be a good team this year."
"I want to see the fan base, the support family within the family—not just from the staff, but the players and the community," said Ruffin. "I wouldn't have to worry about education Purdue has a phenomenal university. Finally, the athletic abilities and talent that Purdue has; do they compete for championships?
In visiting with the Purdue program and new head coach Darrell Hazell, he'll get a better grasp of those questions. However, it will be quite difficult for Purdue to pull Ruffin away from home.
Ruffin's list of favorites includes Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
"I'm keeping every single option I have open until it's time to make my decision," he said. "I'm not dead set on the SEC. A lot of guys would like to say they play SEC football, but I want to find the best fit for me."
With so much recruiting attention flooding in, Ruffin is attempting to balance the chaotic logistics.
"It's definitely an honor and a blessing, and I cherish every minute of it, but it does get stressful and it gets difficult to deal with," he said. "The most stressful it gets, the more you understand it comes with the territory. I'm enjoying the process and having fun with it, I really am."