Two-star offensive lineman Chris Rutledge from Miami (Fla.) Krop is up to three scholarship offers, and received his first call of the second evaluation period this week. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound prospect runs a 5.38-second 40-yard dash and said he is still considering five schools.
Wyoming and SIU join Rutgers as his first offers, but he says Rutgers and Pitt are “neck and neck” as far as recruiting him the hardest. He has set up an official visit to Rutgers on Dec. 5, but the Scarlet Knights were not the first to call this month.
“One of the Ole Miss coaches called,” Chris commented. “I am not sure which one, because we just talked for a minute or two.”
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The Rebels, along with Pitt, Rutgers, Maryland, and Florida make up his top five. What does he like about this diverse group of schools?
“I talked to the coaches at Pitt and they keep me informed about their college,” he explained. “I like the staff, and I hope to get to know them better on a visit.
“I like the Ole Miss team, especially the offensive scheme. It is almost exactly like my high school. I talked to several coaches, including Coach Petri. He is a cool guy, and I would like to take a visit there. I want to meet the head coach.
“I visited Florida at a camp last summer, and met all of the coaches. Coach Zook is cool, and I met some of the players. I like the blocking scheme, and out of all of the camps I went to, I learned a lot from the one at Florida. Also it is close to home.
“I went to camp at Rutgers, and it reminds me of home. The location and the scenery are just like here. They are rebuilding, and they have a bright future.
“Maryland, I don’t know too much about, but I like Coach Franklin and I have watched them on TV.”
In addition to Florida and Rutgers, Chris also camped at Ohio State and Miami over the summer. He would like to take official trips to Pitt, Ole Miss, and Ohio State, but hasn’t set up any dates yet.
After stumbling through his first two years of high school, Rutledge made a marked improvement last year, pulling his GPA up to a 2.3. He scored a 750 on his first SAT attempt, but is scheduled to re-take the exam in October.