Two early offers for Ruffin

One running back who is starting to get a lot of early interest from four-year programs is College of the Sequoias RB Giavanni Ruffin (6-0, 215). The powerful back already has two offers under his belt and he's getting a lot more looks from schools across the country. He updated JCFootball.com recently about how things are going as well as what he's looking for in his final destination.

Ruffin enjoyed a great prep career in Chesapeake, Virginia, but he didn't qualify so he decided to head west to play JUCO football.

"I was all set to go to Reeley, but then my dad suggested I go to West Hills, so that's where I ended up," Ruffin said. "They moved me to linebacker and I had never played that before so it was pretty difficult for me with the transition.

"We had a couple of injuries, so they put me in at running back, which is what I had planned to play when I came out here, and in five games I had 730 yards and 11 touchdowns and I got All-Conference honors and I was honorable mention All-State."

After the season, Ruffin headed to Sequoias with several of his teammates and now he's focused on becoming the complete back he knows he can be.

"I'm a power-back, but I have good speed too," Ruffin noted. "At the combine I had a 4.39 and I've been real focused on getting my speed and flexibility down.

"I'm also good at catching the ball out of the backfield and that's what a lot of schools have told me they like about me."

On the recruiting front, Ruffin said schools from up and down the west coast as well as across the country have been showing him a lot of interest and he recently just pulled in his first D-1 offer.

"TCU just offered me," Ruffin said excitedly. "It's great to get that first D-1 offer, but I'm hoping it's the start of plenty more down the road."

Old Dominion had already offered Ruffin a month ago and there are other schools showing a lot of interest through letters and phone calls as well.

"Arizona, Memphis, South Florida, Marshall and Washington State have been the heaviest of the schools recruiting me," Ruffin said. "Arizona said they like me a lot and they are real close to offering me.

"They said they are coming down between me and another JC back so they want to keep an eye on both of us and if I do well, I have a good chance at getting an offer from them."

Ruffin is on pace to graduate this December and when he finishes the season he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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