A junior this past season, Norview (Norfolk, VA) defensive tackle/offensive tackle Klinton Ruff earned first-team all-Eastern district honors for his performance on the defensive side of the ball. Ruff, who already has one major Division 1A offer in the fold, projects as a defensive lineman on the next level, as he has the size and athleticism 1A coaches are looking for.
ï¿½Currently, Klinton is our top recruit returning,ï¿½ Norview head coach Robert Toran said. Ruff led all of the Norview linemen in tackles and tackles-for-loss this past season. ï¿½He fits the profile at 6-4, 295 pounds. Heï¿½s capable of running a sub-5.0 40. Everybody is after him as far as the defensive side of the ball. Virginia has already offered. Virginia Tech is considering offering. He gets a lot of mail from Boston College. Those are the main three right now, but Iï¿½m pretty sure more schools will become interested once his tape gets out.ï¿½
Ruff made great strides at defensive tackle this past season.
ï¿½He has really improved on trying to get better at that particular position,ï¿½ Toran said. ï¿½Heï¿½s getting stronger, which was probably his greatest improvement. He has always had the speed. Heï¿½s an intelligent player. He understands the game. He has become more physical. I think his best attribute is that he runs so well from [offensive] tackle to [offensive] tackle. It is not a real big deal for him to chase things down from the backside. Next season, I expect heï¿½ll be a person who dominates.ï¿½
Ruff is a starting offensive tackle as well.
ï¿½We play him at offensive tackle, but if I didnï¿½t need him on the line he could play quarterback or tight end,ï¿½ Toran said. ï¿½He can throw the ball 70 yards and heï¿½s pretty athletic. He plays basketball, too.ï¿½
Virginia is the only school to offer so far, but Virginia Tech is certainly showing strong interest. And Ruff has very high interest in the in-state programs.
ï¿½He went up to Virginia Tech and watched a game last fall. I think that was more or less on his own,ï¿½ Toran said. ï¿½Heï¿½s been to Virginia to see games as well. He has been there three or four times. He has been to UVaï¿½s camp for several years, so they know him well. I think that helped them offer early. I think an offer from Tech is forthcoming.ï¿½
According to Toran, Ruff would like to...
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