Phillip Ruhl Talks About Visit

Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln linebacker Phillip Ruhl, a preferred walk-on candidate, talks about his official visit to UCLA and when he plans to decide on which school he take up...

Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln linebacker Phillip Ruhl was one of two official visitors to UCLA this past weekend.

Ruhl visited Westwood a week after visiting Stanford officially and next weekend, he'll visit Oregon State.

The 6-1, 228-pound Ruhl, is still waiting for his first offer; as of now, all of his attention is as a preferred walk-on.

"I don't have any scholarship offers from those three schools," said Ruhl. "I had some smaller schools that wanted to offer me, but my dream was to play in the Pac-10, and I will have that opportunity."

Ruhl was hosted on his visit to Stanford by his cousin, Michael Spanos. His brother, Nicolas, was also a former walk-on with the Cardinal.

"Stanford was really cool, I had a good time there, and with my cousin, Michael," said Ruhl. The academics at Stanford are top-notch and Coach (Jim) Harbaugh said I would have a spot on the team."

This past weekend, he was hosted by Todd Golper at UCLA.

"Todd was my host and he's a cool guy and I talked with (graduate assistant) Coach (Clark) Lea and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel a lot and he said he'd love for me to play there and that I have a spot there too. I camped at UCLA during the summer and loved it there," said Ruhl.

This weekend, Ruhl will make his final visit, to Oregon State.

"Coach (Mike) Riley also told me that they want me as a preferred walk-on," said Ruhl.

Ruhl said he's fine with the offers for a preferred walk-on.

"Honestly, it's not a big deal," said Ruhl. "I know I'll have a chance to go in and prove myself and compete for a position and I feel like I could earn a scholarship early in my career."

Ruhl said he likes Stanford, given his family ties to the Cardinal, but he wouldn't say he's leaning to any school.

"I don't really want to say I'm leaning towards any one school right now," said Ruhl. "After I take my official visit to Oregon State, I'll have a better idea."

Academically, Ruhl is solid with a 4.0 and a 26 on the ACT.

As a senior at Lincoln, Ruhl rushed for 695 yards ands six touchdowns, and earned All-Area honors at linebacker with 74 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and a breakup.


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