Death Valley Seals the deal with Florida Lineman
|Saturday, July 17, 2004 12:08 AM-|
The Tigers continued their early success towards the 2005 recruiting class, early Friday morning when Quentez Ruffin committed to Dabo Swinney and the Tigers. "I have committed to Clemson," said Ruffin.
Ruffin took an unofficial visit to Clemson earlier this week on the 13th and 14th. "When I walked into the stadium, I got butterflies just thinking about what a Saturday would be like with 83,000 people in the stands. They have some of the best fans around."
Ruffin was also extremely impressed by the academic support Clemson gives its athletes. "The academic support they have with the tutors and computers play a big role in my decision."
Ruffin camped at national powers LSU, Georgia, and Florida this summer. "I wasn't able to camp at Clemson because I had already promised the coaches at Florida, and the timing didn't work out. Out of everywhere I went Clemson was the most attractive. The idea of playing as freshman was very attractive to me. After I got home from my visit, I talked to my folks, and I felt it was the right decision to make, so I just went ahead and committed."
Coach Swinney discovered Ruffin while he was actually scouting Ruffin's teammate WR T.J. Williams. "In May, Coach Swinney actually came down to scout T.J., but after the practice he was really impressed with me. He gave me a one which is the highest rating you can receive. He went back to Clemson and after they had a meeting, he called with an offer."
Clemson has also offered Williams, and Ruffin will now begin recruiting him as well. "I have already began talking to T.J. about coming to Clemson with me. I am also hoping they will offer our fullback Gavin Grigg. He is very underrated last season, he had close to 1000 yards rushing, 300 yards receiving, and made All-State as a defensive tackle."
Ruffin feels he a very dominant offensive tackle. "I feel I am dominant at run and pass blocking. Coaches have told me all summer that my feet are always moving and that I stay on a guy. The film I sent the Clemson staff from a spring jamboree really gave them a good look at my talents."
Ruffin will be on the "Overdrive" at 3:10 pm today.