Norview High School (Norfolk, VA) standout junior Klinton “Buddy” Ruff, a 6-4, 290-pound defensive line/offensive line prospect, has had experiences at Virginia and Virginia Tech – the two schools that have offered thus far. His most recent experience was this past weekend, when he and his mother traveled to the University of Virginia for its junior day.
“Overall, it was pretty good,” Ruff said of UVa’s junior day. “I liked all the coaches. Coach [Al] Groh and Coach London told me they really wanted me to come there. Me and my mom had a chance to sit down and talk to Coach Groh. It was good. He told me a lot about the school and himself. It sounded good to my mom. If it sounds good to her, then that’s all I want.”
Ruff has been to UVa at least three prior occasions – twice for summer camp and once for a game. He had an opportunity to get to know his primary recruiter, Mike London, in last summer’s camp experience.
“Coach London is an excellent guy,” Ruff said. “I like his personality. I like the way he ran the camp drills. I would love to play for him, but as of right now I don’t know where I’m going to go.”
The talented line recruit has only been to Virginia Tech once and that was for a game last fall. There is a connection to the program, however, as former Virginia Tech and current Seattle Seahawks defensive end Darryl Tapp attends the same church as Ruff and his family.
Ruff plans on visiting Virginia Tech again for the spring game in April.
“I’ve been down to one of the games, but I want to see more of the school,” Ruff said of Virginia Tech.
Ruff compared the two in-state programs in terms of how he feels he fits into each at this point in the process.
“From a defensive standpoint, I’m probably more comfortable with Virginia’s schemes since they run something similar to what we run,” said Ruff, who is a defensive end in Norview’s 3-5-5 defense. He believes he is being recruited by UVa and Virginia Tech for defense. “I do want to play end. From an academic standpoint, my parents are more for Virginia right now because they have a lot of academic reputation.”
Ruff, who admits to growing up a Florida State fan, is not sure when a decision will come.
“I don’t know when I will commit,” Ruff said. “I’m waiting to see Virginia Tech again at least. I want to sit down with my parents to see what they think is best for me and...
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