Virginia’s Al Groh and Mike London have stopped by Norview High School (Norfolk, VA) this month. As have Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer, Curt Newsome and Charley Wiles. Both programs are putting the full-court press on for 6-4, 290-pound defensive line recruit Buddy Ruff , whose recruitment is turning into one of the top in-state battles in the 2008 class.
Other coaches have visited as well. Coaches from Clemson, East Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee have come. The Evaluation period has gone well for Ruff, who kicked it off with an impressive performance at the Eastern Region Camp at Lake Taylor High School.
“I did good,” Ruff said of his performance at the Eastern Region camp earlier this month. “I went up against [top offensive tackle prospect Vinston] Painter three times and I beat him twice. I knew I could do it, so it was just about showing everyone else I could do it.”
East Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech are the three schools that have extended written scholarship offers. Of the interest from Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee, Ruff says, “I have received strong interest from them. They all want me to come to camp. I’m trying to go to one day camps and I’ll probably go to all three. Tennessee is on the way to my grandparents’ house, so I should be able to make that.”
Ruff claims no favorites at this time. Instead, he wants to give all schools an equal chance and he plans to make many visits this summer to explore all of options. Virginia and Virginia Tech are no doubt high on his list, though.
Asked if one in-state school has the edge over the other at this point, Ruff replied, “No, because I like Coach London a lot and then I like Virginia Tech a lot. I like both atmospheres.”
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