"I've been working hard in the off-season, working on my speed and agility and trying to get good grades in school. I've been doing lots of shuttle drills and five-yard sprints, drills like that," he said.
Ruiz is patiently waiting for his first offer, but is enjoying the recruiting process and has been in contact with a few programs.
"I've had contact with some schools, like Oregon State and UCLA. I like OSU's defense and coaching staff and I met the Bruins head coach Jim Mora; he was really cool. I'm interested in those two programs as well as California and Oregon. I'm really looking forward to my freshman year and my goal is to play as a true freshman," he said.
Though he's keeping his options open, Ruiz is hoping to end up at a program on the West Coast.
"The West Coast is where I'm from and I like being over here. I'm used to it and to the nice weather," he said.
He doesn't have any visits set just yet, Ruiz is planning on taking a few trips in the upcoming months.
"I want to take visits, but I haven't decided which colleges I want to go see yet," he said.