“Hey, Coach Fisher,” Ruble said after Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher picked up on the first ring, sending the crowd of family and friends gathered at DeMatha’s alumni lounge into a frenzy.
Brock Ruble is going to be a Florida State Seminole.
The 6-foot-9, 300-pound offensive lineman chose Florida State over Maryland and N.C. State. While the Seminoles’ rise to the BCS national title game this year certainly didn’t hurt their allure, Ruble said the school’s track record of developing offensive lineman swayed him the most.
“If you look at my position and see how over the last two or three years (offensive line) Coach (Rick) Trickett has turned a junior college basketball player into a second-round NFL draft pick (Menelik Watson) and this year, developed a guy who used to be a defensive tackle into one of the country’s top offensive lineman (Cameron Erving), that really stood out to me,” Ruble said. “It was so neck and neck with all three schools, but it came down to what was best for developing me as a player.”
Ruble, who came to DeMatha with hoop dreams before football coaches convinced him to take to the gridiron as a freshman, hopes to see a similar rise as a college player after becoming one of the D.C. area’s top lineman. In helping lead the Stags to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title this season, Ruble helped pave the way for DeMatha to rush for 2,564 yards and 31 touchdowns.
“With this being his third year in the offense, you could tell he was more comfortable up front,” Stags Coach Elijah Brooks said. “He was a step faster, more aggressive and showed that he’s ready to play at a high level in college.”
After taking official visits to all three of his finalists during the past two months, Ruble said he settled on Florida State earlier this week. Though most of his conversation with Fisher was drowned out by the noise of screaming students, Ruble at least knows he’s another key piece in a Florida State 2014 recruiting class that now has 25 commits.
“He said I’m filling a need for them at my position and I’m bringing something to their football family,” Ruble said. “Making this decision is a like complete weight of the world off my shoulders, and I’m happy to be going to Florida State.”
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