Offers have continued to pour in for River Rouge (MI) 2019 defensive lineman Ruke Orhorhoro since the end of his junior season and that trend continued when #5 Michigan State became his latest offer on Tuesday.
Orhorhoro spoke with Spartan Nation about his latest offer and the 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive lineman said that he was at a loss for words when he found out that the Spartans had extended an offer.
“I feel super excited, I was speechless when he broke the news to me,” he said. “I’m just blessed to be given this opportunity with such a great school like Michigan State.”
Michigan State defensive tackles coach Ron Burton paid a visit to River Rouge on Tuesday to speak with Orhorhoro and his coach and tell the 3-star recruit of the offer in person.
“Coach Burton, the defensive line coach, came to the school to watch us work out and they’ve been showing a lot of interest in me lately,” he said. “After the workout, he told my coach and I spoke to him a little bit and he told me I was a really great player and that’s pretty much how it went.”
— Ruke Orhorhoro (@D1ruke) May 1, 2018
During his conversations with Burton and the Michigan State coaching staff, Orhorhoro said that he’s been told the Spartans like his size and athleticism and feel that would make him a fit in East Lansing.
“The way I can move for my size and how I’ve gotten bigger over the past year,” he said. “How I can play inside, but a little outside and how I’m really athletic and I can run and be aggressive.”
While nothing is set in stone, Orhorhoro said that he may take part in the Michigan State Elite Camp next month.
So far in the recruiting process, Orhorhoro holds 22 offers, including offers from Michigan, Clemson, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Boston College, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Missouri Northwestern, Oregon and Pittsburgh.
Upon learning of his of his offer from Michigan State, Orhorhoro said he was obviously excited and went home to celebrate the news with his family.
“I could barely sleep,” he said. “The first thing I did when I got home, I told my little cousins and my brothers and we were just jumping around for a minute. I was just thinking in my head, like ‘Wow, I’ve got a chance to be a Spartan.’ So it was pretty school turning my dreams into a reality.”
Orhorhoro also noted that he will seriously consider the Spartans when it’s time to make a decision because of the fact that Michigan State has “been a dream school of mine for a little bit.”
Even though National Signing Day is several months away, Orhorhoro told Spartan Nation that he intends to make a decision before the start of his senior season.
But with another year of high school football left before he reaches the college level, Orhorhoro said that he feels that while rushing the quarterback is a strength of his, he wants to improve his game against the run and add to his pass rush abilities.
“I’m trying to work on my speed and I want to get some pass rush moves down, Also my strength, so I can be better in the run game,” he said. “I’m trying to work on my reaction time so I can react faster and staying low, because I watch my film almost every day to see what I can work on and I noticed I’m a little bit high, so maybe O-linemen can get the advantage so I’m working on planting my feet and staying low and making first contact.”
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