"My coach told me that Northern Illinois is close to offering," Ruka said.
Ruka has talked with Northern Illinois' Rod Carey and has heard good things about the program.
"I am going to their Junior Day on April 23. I have talked to their line coach Rod Carey several times and he has gotten to know me more," Ruka said. "He is a pretty cool guy."
The 6-foot-6, 290-pound recruit has been invited to spring practices at Northern Illinois and is eager to visit the campus.
"He (Carey) said he looked at my film and he liked it," Ruka said. "He likes that I can move off the ball quick."
Ruka has also been invited to Minnesota's Junior Day, but has not made a visit yet. Ruka attended Wisconsin's Junior Day and thinks they have an outstanding program. He said Wisconsin has a good coaching staff.
"At their Junior Day I liked how their practices go and they have a great coaching staff," Ruka said. "They had a question and answer player session and the players said to just do what you are doing and work on athletics and academics."
Ruka talked with Wisconsin's Bob Bostad.
"He was asking me what I'm doing and I told him I'm in track now. He said that was good," Ruka said. "He made a joke to get bigger clothes because they were getting kind of small on me!"
Ruka is working in the off-season to get bigger, faster and stronger. The offensive line recruit has strengths he wants coaches to continue to see. He is working hard at weightlifting and track in the off-season.
"I think one of my strengths is my size on the line and I need to work on a little more footwork," Ruka said.
Ruka said he doesn't know very much about Minnesota yet, but is eager to learn more.
"I don't know as much about Minnesota as I do Wisconsin. I have talked to their recruiting coach and he is very helpful. He was explaining all they do there," Ruka said. "He told me to keep up with what I'm doing."
Ruka hopes to stay in the state of Wisconsin for college, but is open to other programs. All of the programs are currently equal and he will continue to learn more about each one.
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