New Hope (Minn.) Cooper safety Malik Rucker has seen his offer list climb well into double digit territory this spring. Seeing those schools in person is a priority for the three-star prospect, and he will tick another school off his list this coming weekend.
"I am going to Kansas this Saturday for the spring game," Rucker said. "Coach [Charlie] Weis gave me a call yesterday and he was telling me about Kansas and how he thinks I will fall in love with it when I get down there. I want to see if that is true, and see how the tempo is too."
Rucker feels his relationship with Coach Weis is one of the strongest he has with a head coach in this recruiting process.
"He is a real nice guy and always writes me on Facebook," Rucker said. "Not a lot of head coaches have written me on Facebook, and getting it from the head coach is kind of different. I can tell he is real involved with the recruiting process."
Rucker has added one new offer to his list, which brings him to a total of 17. His most recent tender came from North Dakota State.
"I was down at NDSU and it was real nice," he said. "I didn't think it was going to be as nice as it was. They have nice facilities. It is a D1AA so it is not as big as other stadiums, but they are working with what they've got and working on improving."
Although the offer binge has subsided for the time being, Rucker still continues to draw interest from new schools. UCLA, Cal, Duke and Penn State have all said they will be out to visit him this spring, and a Big East school was in last week.
"Pitt was at my school on Friday," Rucker said. "They said they really liked what they have heard and said they are going to bring it back to Pittsburgh and see where things go."
Rucker is starting to feel the crush of the recruiting process and the gravity of having to make a decision between offers from at least 17 schools, but it is not pushing him to end his process any time in the near future.
"It gets to be a lot because people always want to know where you are going to go and what you're thinking," Rucker said. "Everywhere I go people are asking me all types of questions about football, and that gets annoying after awhile, but it is not as bad as people make it seem."
The 6-foot, 175-pound Rucker is rated three stars and ranked as the No. 25 safety prospect in the nation.