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Big 12 school hosting Rugamba this week

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Naperville (Ill.) Central 2016 wide receiver Emmanuel Rugamba is already well-traveled in his recruiting process, and he heads to another school later this week.
"I am visiting Iowa State this Friday," Rugamba said. "Bobby McMillen, he is a commit to Iowa State and a linebacker at our school. He's going down there for a practice and they invited me to go down also. I heard it is a great campus down there."
Rugamba is being recruited by Iowa State grad assistant Derek Day. He counts the Cyclones among three schools that have yet to offer that are recruiting him hardest. Northwestern is also in that group following a camp performance in Evanston earlier this summer.
"After the camp, Coach (Dennis) Springer told me I stood out between the good receivers there," Rugamba said. "There was another Division I receiver there and he was telling that receiver his routes should be where mine are at. He said the only thing I have to get better at is my 40 time."
A camp at Indiana this summer also generated positive feedback for Rugamba, and Indiana is the third team the three-star mentioned as showing strong feedback.
"Their grad assistant was telling me if it was up to him he'd offer me right away, but the way they do things at Indiana is they don't like to offer kids too early," Rugamba said.
Rugamba finished up his off-season camp circuit at Ohio State's Friday Night Lights two weekends ago.
"I got feedback that I did well talking to my recruiter, Coach (Chris) Ash," he said. "There was a grad assistant coach that after every route I ran he was telling me how great I was doing, then Coach Zach Smith after the camp was telling me I was doing pretty well.
"I have to call Coach Ash to follow up on things, but by the way they were talking to me after camp I'd say they could be an option down the road."
Illinois is the only school to offer the three-star prospect at this stage. All but one team recruiting Rugamba projects him to the offensive side of the football. Michigan is recruiting him as a defensive back.
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