Offers Roll in for Rucker

Quan Rucker

Statesville (NC) West Iredell wide receiver Quan Rucker is picking up offers and has emerged as one of the state's top rising senior football prospects.

Statesville (NC) West Iredell wide receiver Quan Rucker is picking up offers and has emerged as one of the state's top rising senior football prospects.

The 6-foot, 185-pounder tallied 52 catches for 642 yards and five touchdowns during his junior season. Defensively he added 33 catches and an interception, and West Iredell head coach Mark Weycker raves about his star's playmaking ability.

"He's just so smooth," said Weycker. "He's quick, explosive and he has soft hands. He will go across the middle and make tough catches, and defensively he'll come across and strike you."

Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, NC State, East Carolina, and Clemson have offered a scholarship to Rucker, with the latest arriving from the Tigers. Vanderbilt and Tennessee are also in the mix for the talented athlete. Because Rucker can impact on either side of the ball, his future position is not set in stone.

"Clemson is recruiting him as a defensive back," said Weycker. "[NC] State wants him as an athlete, they say he can play on either side of the ball. Everybody else seems to want him as a wide receiver.

"I think he's just looking for a place he can contribute because he can do it returning kicks, in the secondary, or catching the football as a wide receiver."

Rucker ranked second in the county in receiving yards and finished tied for first in receptions, leading West Irdell to a 9-4 mark and the second round of the 3A state playoffs for the second time in three years.

Because of his abilities with the football, Rucker might get a look at quarterback as a senior.

"This year he may end up being our quarterback," said his coach. "He was our backup this past year, and we run a spread offense. Because of our system, we may put him there so we can keep the ball in the hands of our best athlete. That may be the case, and it also depends on how well our rising sophomore quarterback progresses."

On the recruiting front, Rucker attended Virginia's Junior Day and will be looking to attend various spring practices and spring games.

"We're looking at the spring games," Weycker stated. "We've got a big defensive tackle that plays down at East Carolina so we're going to head down there for a practice and Quan can look around there. We're also wanting to try and get out to Clemson and NC State this spring."

Coach Weycker believes that Rucker doesn't have a favorite at the moment, and no timetable for a decision has been established.

"I think he's going to be a young man that will get around, take some visits, get a feel for the coaching staffs, and go from there," Weycker said. "With my kids, it is all dependent on when they are ready to make a decision. If they feel good about something then they'll make an early commitment. If they don't then they will take their time. They have to feel good about it and be completely comfortable with their decision."

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