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Cesar Ruiz discusses commitment to Michigan
Land of 10’s counterpart, SEC Country, sent a couple recruiting writers down to Orlando for the annual Under Armour All-American Game that is set to be played on Jan. 1. The Wolverines newest offensive line commit, Cesar Ruiz, spoke with our Florida writer, Zach Abolverdi, about his commitment to the Wolverines on Tuesday.
Why Ruiz chose Michigan:
“In the end, I had to go where my heart was at.”
On other schools swaying him from Michigan:
“For a long time, I’ve been trying to find a school better than Michigan. And I just couldn’t do it. For a moment, I thought it was Alabama. Then they stopped recruiting me.
“At ‘The Opening,’ I really liked Alabama. I was around all of the commits and thought that’s where I might want to go. I got back to school and never got the official offer. So, I just moved on with the recruiting process.”
Who recruited him to Michigan:
“A bunch of the assistant coaches recruited me: coach Tim Drevno, Chris Partridge, Tony Tuioti, Al Switzer and Devin Bush. Coach Jim Harbaugh did, too.
“Michigan did a great job recruiting me. They did everything the right way.”
On what originally drew him to Michigan:
“I never really had a favorite school growing up. Ron Johnson (former teammate at Camden, N.J.) committed to Michigan during his visit my sophomore year, and I wanted to commit then, too. I was about to commit there with him. I called my coach, and I told him, ‘This is where I wanted to go to school.’ He told me to relax, and wait, so I wouldn’t be one of those kids who decommits. So, that’s what I did.”
On Jim Harbaugh:
“He’s a player’s coach and an all-around great guy.”
On what he will study at Michigan:
“I’m not sure yet. I want to be my own boss, so maybe business. I don’t know, though. I’m 17.”
Michigan makes Joshua Moore’s top 14
Yes, a top-14 schools list.
— JoshuaMoore (@_TheJoshuaMoore) December 28, 2016
It’s almost that time again, folks. With the 2017 class winding down, we’ll immediately shift to the 2018 class. Meaning, a lot of top (big number) schools. The days of top 3’s and 5’s won’t return until next fall now.
Regardless, Michigan made its way into an elite 2018 athlete’s top-14 schools on Wednesday in that of Yoakum (Texas) 4-star – according to the 247Sports Composite – Joshua Moore.
Primarily a wide receiver, Moore is being recruited as such by the Wolverines. His long wingspan makes for some great catches, with some elite ball skills. Match that with his skill at safety, and you’ve got some big-time athleticism making for a high ceiling for this Texas wide receiver.
And if that doesn’t convince you, just look at this Jabrill Peppers-esque still shot of him from this season.
I don't mean no harm… I just wanna ball! pic.twitter.com/LWZLU6g4OV
— JoshuaMoore (@_TheJoshuaMoore) August 13, 2016
It’s too early to tell exactly where things stand for Moore. As just one 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction has been entered since September, when most had him headed to Texas under former coach Charlie Strong. The latest one had Moore choosing Texas A&M.
Michigan stands a chance, but the Wolverines are in the 5-to-7 spot as of right now.