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Letter of intent No. 22: P Jeff Ruiz

Jeff Ruiz/Punter
Chula Vista, Cal./Southwestern Community College
Measurables: Listed on Southwestern's roster at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds.
Accomplishments: JC Gridwire junior college All-American … Set a school-record 43.3 yards per punt average on 63 kicks last season … Had 15 punts of 50 yards or longer and 23 downed inside the 20-yard line … Led all community colleges in the state of California in punting average … First-team all-conference selection … Rated two-stars by Rivals.com … Also plays first base in baseball and will try to play both sports at NC State … Will have three seasons of eligibility remaining starting next year … Has been working with former Boston College kicker John Matich in California, who helped Ruiz get recruitied by NC State.
Quotables:
"John told me about Jerry Petercuskie. He said, 'This guy's going to get you where you want to be.' John knows what kind of punters Jerry Petercuskie likes." -- Ruiz to the Winston-Salem Journal
"I'm athletic. I don't miss balls. I don't drop balls. My hands are really quick. That's one thing Petercuskie liked and one thing that made him attractive to me as a punter." -- Ruiz
Visits: NC State Jan. 12.
Chose NC State over: Offers from Boise State and San Diego State and interest from Florida State.