Charter Oak's Rufus takes it all in stride

Charter Oak (Covina, Ca.) DB Dennis Rufus already has several Pac 10 schools eyeing him and Washington is one of them. The Husky coaching staff hasn't extended an offer yet, but they could be close and the talented corner told they are one of his top schools.

Last fall, as a junior, Rufus was a shut-down corner for a Charger team that went 13-1, posting 44 tackles and four interceptions and double-digit passes defensed.

"I'm big for a corner, but I have a lot of quickness too," Rufus, who measures in at 6-2, 190 pounds, told recently. "Coaches like the fact that I'm physical and that I can make plays on the ball and be a playmaker."

One coach who has been in Rufus' ear is Washington's Demetrice Martin and the talented DB said he likes what he's hearing from the Huskies.

"He said he likes my potential a lot and he wants me to come play ball for him," Rufus said. "They haven't offered me yet because they said they'd like me to come up for camp, but I'm not going to make it up there for camp so I'm not really sure what will happen as far as that is concerned.

"I really like coach Martin a lot and think he's a good coach. Washington is a school I'm real high on because they really seem to like me a lot and I know they are an up-and-coming program and it would be cool to be a part of that."

While Washington has made a solid early impression on Rufus, he said a few others are in his favorites as well.

"UCLA, USC and Oregon all are right there too," Rufus said. "All of them seem to like me a lot and I'm going to the USC 'Rising Stars' camp to show them what I can do.

"I'm open to anyone, but since I don't have any offers, at this point those four are probably right at the top right now."

Rufus will head to Alabama with a team of California All-Stars for a 7-on-7 tournament in July as well and said he's planning to take all of his official visits before he makes a decision.

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