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Dont call Rutland a sleeper

To some college coaches he might be known as the biggest sleeper in Texas and for those schools they're hoping that he remains under the radar screen for until signing day. But for Galena Park (Texas) North Shore cornerback Kevin Rutland don't you dare use that sleeper word around him.
"I don't think I'm a sleeper," Rutland, who is 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, said. "All the coaches I talk to say I'm a big time player, and you know what I agree with them. I think I have the ability to be an impact player on both sides of the football in college."
And that's what makes Rutland a valuable commodity. The two-star prospect was offered by Kansas State this summer at impressing at the Wildcats' summer camp as a cornerback prospect. However, there are other teams that are recruiting him to play at receiver or on both sides of the ball.
"Missouri likes me on both sides of the ball," Rutland said. "Kansas State likes me at cornerback. Oklahoma State and Colorado want me there, too, but UTEP likes me at receiver."
Rutland said even though K-State is his only offer, he's not ready to claim a leader at this time. He said Missouri is also on the verge of an offer.
"I talked to coach Brian Jones from Missouri on Tuesday and they want to try to offer me before the season is over and then have me come for a visit in December," Rutland said. "I've also had some positive talks with coach Joe DeForest at Oklahoma State. He's a really neat guy."
Rutland, though, does admit that he has built a special bond with K-State since its been recruiting him since this summer.
"Coach Bob Stanley is pretty straight forward," Rutland said. "He's a good people person, and he's already gotten my mom and dad to like him. They really seem to think I'd be a good fit if I went to go play up there and with him."
North Shore is a perfect 7-0 on the season, and Rutland has been playing on both sides of the ball at defensive back, receiver and quarterback. He's got four rushes for 44 yards and two scores. He's also second on the team with eight catches for 101 yards and two scores.