6-4, 290-pound Norview (Norfolk, VA) defensive lineman Klinton “Buddy” Ruff plans to take all five official visits before making a commitment. He plans to start making the officials beginning in the middle of September. Though he has not set any dates, he does know at least three schools that he wants to visit.
“I have told [Virginia] Tech, Clemson and Virginia for a fact,” Ruff said, referring to which schools he will make official visits to. “I’m going to try and get in contact with someone at Oklahoma to talk about taking a visit there. I’m thinking about Maryland, but that is still iffy.”
Of the schools he mentioned, Oklahoma, Virginia and Virginia Tech have extended written scholarship offers. Connecticut and East Carolina have offered as well. Clemson has not offered but is a school Ruff is interested in.
“They told me they were going to offer,” Ruff said of Clemson. “They haven’t done it, so I’m not really sure what is going on with that. They are recruiting me to play offensive guard. I don’t really want to play that in college, but I still want to go and see the school.”
The in-state contenders continue to heavily recruit Norview’s 3-star prospect.
“[Virginia Tech coaches] are still going strong,” Ruff said. “They are still recruiting me extra hard. With text-messaging over, I get letters and e-mails and things like that. Coach Newsome and coach Wiles and I have been talking via e-mail. Coach Newsome was texting me four or five times a week, just asking how I’m doing.
“It is the same thing with coach London and coach Belin. As a matter of fact, coach Belin was texting me the night before text messaging was over. He told me to keep Virginia number one. He said they want me real bad and for me to come home.”
Coach Belin told Ruff to keep Virginia number one. Is Virginia at the top of the list right now?
“I would say yes, just because I have been up there so many times and I feel comfortable there,” Ruff answered. “I can’t count Virginia Tech out. I like the school and the coaches just as much as Virginia.”
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