Flint Hill safety Trey Rucker (Photo: Susan Spencer/Flint Hill Athletics)
Trey Rucker enjoys his return visit to College Park, commits to the Terps
by Andy Hilton, recruitNoVA
Flint Hill safety Trey Rucker (2019 FS 6-1 190) had quite a recruitment going.
As a member of the VISAA Division I State Champion Huskies, Rucker was drawing a lot of college interest and offers.
The Terps were one of the latest to offer Trey, after he had already built up an offer list that included North Carolina, UVA, Wake Forest, Indiana, Purdue, Temple, Kent State, and JMU.
The Maryland offer came on June 21. A little more than five weeks later, Trey saw fit to commit.
“I just felt like Maryland was the place for me. I bonded well with the coaches, loved the atmosphere, and it’s close to home,” said Rucker on Sunday night after his verbal commitment.
Rucker visited Maryland for their annual cookout for rising senior prospects. He was thorough about his recruitment process.
“(I visited) everyone except Indiana, Wake and Purdue. Maryland has a great Computer Science program,” Rucker declared. “They will have me playing at safety. I should be able to start as a Freshman if I work hard enough.”
Early playing time is almost always a good selling point.
The competition level in the BIG10 will be steep. Maryland resides in the East Division of the conference, where they finished in last in 2017. The top four teams in that division? Why last year they were Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State and Michigan. In Maryland’s defense, they were plagued by quarterback injuries early in the 2017 season. By game three, they were relying on their third string QB, and their fourth string QB was thrust into duty in game five.
That’s big time college football. The other side of the conference has Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern, Purdue and Nebraska waiting for the Terps.
Before Rucker jumps into Power Five college football, he’ll have the opportunity help his squad repeat as VISAA Division I State Champions. Considering that they return quarterback Miles Thompson, running back Jordan Houston, and UVA-committed kicker/punter Justin Duenkel, the odds are good for Flint Hill continuing their winning streak and making a postseason run.
– Andy Hilton