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Rucker adds four more this week

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New Hope (Minn.) Cooper safety Malik Rucker has had an explosion of offers the last two months. With four more offers this week, the three-star prospect now has a list that numbers 16 schools.
"My recent ones are Boston College, NC State and Ohio," reported Rucker, who also added an offer from Arizona State on Friday.
The sudden influx of offers has caused the 6-0, 175-pound Rucker to reevaluate his game plan for choosing his college destination.
"As first I think I was going to probably commit a little earlier," he said. "But now that I still have schools still coming after me and offering me I just want to see all the schools offering me before I make my final decision. I think it will be awhile, but I don't plan to hold out until Signing Day or anything like that."
Of his recent offers, Boston College is one where the Minnesota native has some connections which could make that recruitment interesting.
"I know it is a great academic school because my cousin is Brandon Robinson, who played receiver for Boston College," Rucker said. "He was just saying to take the process all in and don't try to rush it. He said don't go to Boston College just because he says it is a good place. He said he really liked the school and he had a good time going to the school. I think that will be a factor in my decision."
Rucker said he did not know as much about another of his new opportunities, from N.C. State, but he is open to leaving the Midwest and has interest in checking out the Wolfpack. He has begun his research on N.C. State, much of which has come from his conversation with their coaching staff.
"They said they have offered a lot of kids, but they really have a good feeling about me," Rucker said of N.C. State. "They feel like I could come in and compete to play. They liked the way I could play cornerback and safety, and could play special teams."
In the meantime, Rucker is in the process of taking visits to schools that had offered earlier in the process, and will see two of those schools this weekend.
"I will be at Iowa State on Friday and Iowa on Saturday," Rucker said. "I am really excited about it and just want to see how the coaches coach, get in some meetings, see how they play and see which one I think I will fit more into."
Rucker does not have any other visits scheduled for the month of April, but is looking at possibly seeing another school or two the weekends of April 21 and 28. He mentioned Minnesota as a possible destination for one of those trips.
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