What a great few days that it’s been for Blue Springs, Mo., linebacker Bruce Ringwood. First he receives a scholarship offer and makes a commitment and then he wins the Buck Buchanan Award for the most outstanding lineman in the Kansas City area.
“It’s been a wild few days,” Ringwood, who is 6-foot-1, 200 pounds and has been clocked at 4.65 in the 40-yard dash, said. “I committed to Kansas on Monday and then I won the award today.”
So which is the bigger story? Ringwood couldn’t say, but what he can say is that he’s excited to be a Kansas Jayhawk.
“I had a visit set up to Illinois, and coach (Dave) Doren wanted to come by and talk to me before I went,” Ringwood, who is ranked as the No. 18 player in the state of Missouri, said. “I talked to him on the phone and he talked about how I could fit in at KU. Then he came in and talked to my parents about some of the same things.
“He then asked if I would like an offer. He made the offer and I committed right on the spot.”
Ringwood said he got a chance to bump into his future head coach today at the Buchanan Award ceremony.
“Coach Mangino said he was really excited about having me,” Ringwood said. “He seemed like a really neat guy.”
Ringwood is scheduled to visit Kansas this weekend and has informed Illinois that he is no longer interested in taking his visit.
“I talked to coach O’Dell at Illinois and he was really good about it,” Ringwood said. “He congratulated me and said if I had any second thoughts to give him a call. But I’m not going to. I’m committed to Kansas.”
Growing up in Blue Springs, which is a suburb of Kansas City, most kids are either fans of Missouri, Kansas or Kansas State. Ringwood said he wasn’t a fan of any of those schools and grew up a fan of Oklahoma – mainly because of the play of Rocky Calmus.
“I pattern my game after him,” Ringwood said. “He’s my idol, and I think I have the heart like he does.”
Ringwood recorded 112 tackles this season and three sacks.