Letter of intent No. 22: P Jeff Ruiz
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.
"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.