Buddy Ruff last visited Virginia Tech in the ninth grade and he doesn’t have a clear memory of what his initial Blacksburg experience was like. He and his parents visited Tech this past Friday, though, and came away with a positive feeling.
“All of the coaches were cool,” Ruff answered when asked for general impressions of his experience at Tech. “Coach Wiles and Coach Newsome are friendly guys. I saw a practice and I liked it. Overall, it was a good experience.”
Prior to his visit to Blacksburg, Ruff had stated in other reports that UVa was at the top of his list. Did Virginia Tech unseat the Cavs at the top?
“To me, right now they are both on the same level,” Ruff said of Virginia and Virginia Tech. “I talked to Coach Foster and he showed how much he wanted me to come up there, so that was good. Right now, they are about even. I haven’t put any school above any others, really, but I have been to Virginia more. I plan on visiting a lot of schools this summer for camps and things like that.”
The 6-4, 290-pound Ruff discussed what stands out to him about each of the in-state programs.
“With Virginia, first of all there is the education,” Ruff said. “It is right up there with the best. They were the first school to offer, so that is up there too. I’ve also seen how they coach in person. I’ve seen Coach London in action.
“With Virginia Tech, their coaches feel like down home people. They seem like they care about education and care about how you do in school and athletically.”
He also discussed the defenses of each of the two programs.
“UVa runs the 3-4, so I’m more comfortable with that because my school runs a 3-5,” Ruff said. “Virginia Tech said they wanted me as a defensive end. I’ve always wanted to play on the edge, so I like that too.”
Up next in Ruff’s schedule is a visit to Virginia for the spring game. He hopes to attend camps at Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech this summer. He will go to Virginia’s camp with his team.
East Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech have offered Ruff. Georgia, Michigan, UNC and Oklahoma are among the programs showing serious interest.