On the first day college coaches were permitted to contact 2014 prospects, Alec Ruth fielded a single call. As it turns out, it came from the hometown school - the same one that has yet to offer the Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian tackle a scholarship.
Ruth has been wondering about the holdup for some time He has a handful of offers from BCS-level programs, but Colorado has yet to enter the mix. It seems like he'll have to keep waiting on that front, but the first steps in the process have finally been taken.
It's not what Ruth had hoped for. But, hey, it's something.
"I got a call from CU," Ruth said. "Coach [Toby] Neinas called me to check in and stuff. He just wanted to tell me they're interested and stuff."
As for travel plans, those are coming together. Ruth plans to take an unofficial visit to Oregon State on Sept. 28. His official visits are still being plotted, but he's lumped two schools into the pile of trips he will definitely take. The favorites in his recruitment are the same as they've been for some time.
"Kansas State and Oregon State," Ruth said. "Those are definite official visits. Those are still my favorites. It's still the same."
Then there's the newcomer. Texas Tech has recently entered Ruth's recruitment, and the Red Raiders have the potential to shake things up significantly. Should an offer appear in the near future, the Beavers and Wildcats will have company at the top of his list.
"Texas Tech came into the picture,," Ruth said. "They are really interested and stuff. They said they are probably going to offer me, but there's nothing official yet. It's a good school, especially for my major, computer science stuff. It's a good football school as well.
"If Tech comes through with an offer, they're definitely going to be up there. Harvard is still up there because I'm still interested in the Ivy League and stuff."
Ruth does not intend to start taking official visits until late in the season due to the fact that more offers could arrive at any time.
A season ago, Ruth helped lead Valor Christian to a 21-2 overall record and a state title. The Eagles are 1-0 this season.
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