2008 Class: In-state Offer for DT Ruff

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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.

�Currently, Klinton is our top recruit returning,� Norview head coach Robert Toran said. Ruff led all of the Norview linemen in tackles and tackles-for-loss this past season. �He fits the profile at 6-4, 295 pounds. He�s 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 I�m pretty sure more schools will become interested once his tape gets out.�

Ruff made great strides at defensive tackle this past season.

�He has really improved on trying to get better at that particular position,� Toran said. �He�s getting stronger, which was probably his greatest improvement. He has always had the speed. He�s 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 he�ll be a person who dominates.�

Ruff is a starting offensive tackle as well.

�We play him at offensive tackle, but if I didn�t need him on the line he could play quarterback or tight end,� Toran said. �He can throw the ball 70 yards and he�s pretty athletic. He plays basketball, too.�

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.

�He went up to Virginia Tech and watched a game last fall. I think that was more or less on his own,� Toran said. �He�s been to Virginia to see games as well. He has been there three or four times. He has been to UVa�s camp for several years, so they know him well. I think that helped them offer early. I think an offer from Tech is forthcoming.�

According to Toran, Ruff would like to

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