Recruit to watch: LB Drean Rucker

WeAreSC.com spoke with a linebacker who is flying up the wish lists of coaches after an eye opening performance at the USC Nike Camp back in April. Drean Rucker is a linebacker from Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley who is 6'2", 230 pounds, and runs a fleet 4.6 forty for a player his size.

Drean also benches a max of 370, has a 30" vertical, power cleans 320, and squats 525 pounds. He had the following update for us…

Drean Rucker is a prototype middle linebacker who flies around the field from sideline to sideline looking to deliver the massive hit. Even with his size, Drean thinks his speed is his main physical asset. He likens his game to another linebacker who plays the game at full throttle in Derrick Brooks of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rucker is being recruited as a middle linebacker, as he was 1st Team All-League last season as well as 1st Team All-County. He played defensive line and linebacker last fall recording 115 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 interception. He was the Defensive MVP of his team. Drean will also be playing running back this coming season. When asked what he was working for the college game, Drean mentioned he pass coverage reads and skills.

Rucker is mainly looking at three schools right now as he mentioned USC, Oregon, and Oklahoma…all three being equal. Oregon has offered, Oklahoma has not, and Drean was not certain if USC had or not. He has been in contact with Coach Holt from USC. He also knows Jason Leach from the current Trojans. He likes the fact that USC is close to home, and also the fact that USC seems to be bringing in quite a recruiting class. Rucker would like to take all 5 visits and make his college decision when he is comfortable about it. Drean mentioned his mother would like him to stay closer to home as she is getting more and more involved with his recruitment and football in general. Rucker also wanted to mention that his parents are a major inspiration in his life. He currently carries a 2.8 GPA and expects to be fully qualified shortly. Drean would like to major in computer graphics in college.


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