Quentez Ruffin stated back in January that all he could think was Texas A&M. Ruffin has never entertained the thought of redshirting. He hit the weight rooms with intentions of entering Clemson as one of the strongest offensive lineman on the team.
"I maxed out on my bench press at 430 pounds and my squat was 620 pounds. Lately, I have been doing speed training. It is the same speed training that the New England Patriots do. I have my own personal trainer and everything," said Ruffin.
Ruffin has his mind set on two things: a diploma and championships.
"I am leaving for Clemson in just a couple of weeks. It will be all business when I get there. I am not coming up there to party or meet people. I sign with Clemson to get my education and win championships."
Last season, Barry Richardson stepped up as a vocal leader on the offense. Ruffin says he believes in the players that will be on the football field around him, but he will not be afraid to step up.
"There is already great players in place. Charlie (Whitehurst), Chansi (Stuckey), and some of the other veterans know what it takes to be successful. I will do whatever it takes to be successful. I can't see myself not being successful at Clemson. I signed with Clemson to be successful and that is going to happen."
The Tallahassee native already has a great deal of respect for the Clemson faithful. He says now it is time to give back to them.
"The fans are great. When other sites were saying I was waivering, the Clemson fans stood up for me. They have shown me a lot of love. I read the message boards all the time. It is going to be amazing when I stand at the top of the Hill for the first time. I am going to make sure the fans have something to cheer about. The 84,000 people that are going to be there deserve my best."
Ruffin later joked, "Man, the fans love me so much there is going #77 jersey request on back order."
During the 2005 recruiting season, Ruffin was a relentless recruiter of other players. Before he leaves the state of Florida, he is making sure several of the top prospects understand what is going on at Clemson.
"If there is a player Clemson is recruiting in Florida, I have talked to him. All of the guys at Godby and First Coast understand what is going on. Clemson is in good shape with a lot of those guys. Some of them just want to take their time and see what is out there. If they come up for official visits, I will be sure they know everything Clemson is about."
We are confident Ruffin will avoid a redshirt this season. He stands a very good shot to be the second string right tackle behind Marion Dukes. Offensvie line coach Brad Scott has discussed that in the future he would like to move Dukes inside to guard, and the development of Ruffin will be a big factor in allowing that move to happen.