Class of 2014 DB Nicholas Ruffin (6-1 180) of Atlanta has offers from USC, LSU, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette. Ruffin named USC, LSU, Florida State, Vanderbilt and North Carolina as his top five in no order.
He added this is not a final list. "I would like to make my decision by the start of my senior season but I am in no hurry," said Ruffin. When discussing his favorites he said of USC, "I like coach (Lorenzo) Ward. He made me feel at home. They have the most energetic crowd-I was there for the Georgia game-and it was one of my most enjoyable visits."
As for LSU, Ruffin said, "It's home. My family is from there and I still have a lot of family in Louisiana. Of course, everybody knows it is DBU and it's a great school."
Ruffin spoke of Vandy's academic prowess and James Franklin. "He is building something they can be proud of and I wouldn't mind being a part of that to be honest with you," said Ruffin. He has visited all five of his favorites.
As a junior he totaled 67 tackles, four forced fumbles, three interceptions, nine pass deflections and five touchdowns. He does not have a leader.