(L) Jordan Massenburg and Julian Ruiz of Clover Hill (Photos provided by Terrell Hackney)
Massenburg and Ruiz starting to pick up recruiting interest
by Byron Jones, recruit804
Earlier this season, I did a feature on running-back Christopher Houston’s football recruitment, and his role in helping to create a culture of winning at Clover Hill High School. In addition to Houston, fellow seniors Jordan Massenburg and Julian Ruiz have contributed significantly to the program’s resurgence and are beginning to pick up some interest of their own.
Julian Ruiz (2019 TE/DE 6-2 225)
Ruiz has received interest from a number of FCS and small FBS programs and is hoping to secure some offers in the near future. Clover Hill Head Coach, Bryan Jennings stated, “Julian is a hard worker who runs great routes and possesses great size.” Ruiz has caught 28 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown as a tight-end this season for the Cavaliers.
Julian has not only excelled on the gridiron, but also in the classroom and lacrosse fields as well. Ruiz has a 3.5 GPA and a 1010 SAT score. As goalie for the Cavalier lacrosse team, he set a new school record for saves as a goalie last season.
Jordan Massenburg (2019 DL 6-0 240)
Jordan has been in contact with coaches at Kutztown University, Virginia Union University, and Virginia State University. His highlights from this year include 10 tackles for losses and three sacks. According to Coach Jennings, “Jordan has a great motor and demands teams to double team him.”
Eminent Athletic Training, LLC
Like fellow teammate Jordan Houston, both Ruiz and Massenburg attribute their athletic development and success over the past year to Eminent Athletic Training LLC. E.A.T was founded by twin brothers Terey and Terrell Hackney.
Ruiz stated, “E.A.T is a great training program. I trained my whole summer with them. They really understand each athlete’s needs and give you great results.” Massenburg stated, “The training at EAT is crazy! On lifting days for me its typically high repetition lifts ending with a burnout. On speed days I do things like walking lunges with 200 pounds and push the treadmill. We also focus on technique every day.”
Terrell Hackney believes college coaches will be getting a steal landing either of these two individuals.
When asked about his thoughts on Ruiz, Hackney stated, “He’s an excellent student-athlete, he has the rare combination of size and speed (4.48 – 40 Laser time at Rivals Adizero Combine).
Julian gets the job done in the classroom and in the weight room, tacking on nearly 10 pounds of lean muscle mass last off-season. Overall, Julian is a humbled young man that can contribute greatly to the success and integrity of any college program both on and off the field.”
As for Massenburg, Hackney explained, “Jordan is one of the best Student-Athletes we’ve worked with. His workhorse mentality has helped him earn Honor Roll and allowed him to lose 30+ pounds this past off-season alone. His off-season personal records include; Bench Press: 330 pounds, Squat: 425 pounds, and 40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds. Jordan has the work ethic and verve necessary to succeed at the next level and in life beyond athletics.”
The Cavaliers finished the regular season with a record of 5-5, and will face Franklin County on the road in the first round of the Division 6 Region B playoffs Friday.
When asked about his team’s success this season, Ruiz stated, “It feels great to finally know what it really feels like to have some wins under our belts and to know that we made an impact on the team and the future of Clover Hill football.”
Massenburg believes his team can play bracket busters in the postseason. “It feels great to know we’ve made the playoffs. I really feel we can go deep this year and maybe win it all,” he stated.
– Byron Jones