Norview (Norfolk, VA) star Klinton “Buddy” Ruff was able to visit Virginia and Virginia Tech this spring, something significant since these are the only programs to extend written scholarship offers so far. Ruff very much enjoyed his visit for a Virginia Tech spring practice and he seems to have enjoyed his trip to UVa’s Spring Game on April 14th.
“It was still good,” Ruff said of UVa’s Spring Game. “It was good that the fans still came out and supported the team even though it was raining. It was good to see the intensity of the team and the players going all out.”
The Spring Game was a chance for Ruff to catch up with primary recruiter Mike London as well as head coach Al Groh.
“I talked to Coach London and to both Coach Grohs,” Ruff said. “They were happy to see me up there. Coach London just said I fit all the things he likes in a player my size. “He likes my size, intensity, speed and knowledge for the game. He thinks I would fit right in to what they like to do.”
Ruff is being recruited by Virginia Tech initially as a defensive end, though defensive tackle is a possibility as well. Virginia likes him as a defensive end in the 3-4 scheme. The Norview star sees positives on both sides.
“I like the challenge at Virginia Tech because I want to play defensive end,” Ruff said. “I think defensive end is where I belong. Then again, at Virginia I would be playing in the same system I play in now and I would be comfortable doing that. I don’t know which one is better right now.”
Virginia and Virginia Tech are strong in this race right now, but Ruff is open to other possibilities. Georgia is just one of many other programs expressing strong interest. A Georgia assistant coach stopped by Norview late last week for further evaluation.
“They are equal with each other,” Ruff said of Virginia and Virginia Tech.
He added, “I don’t plan on narrowing my list yet. I’m going to wait and see what happens. I probably will make my decision after my senior season.”