"It was honestly everything. It's one of the best schools in the country, but a big thing was how close it was to home. Being able to have family who are all Notre Dame fans come down to watch me play on Saturdays was pretty important."
Ruhland, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound junior who had additional offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, Minnesota, Northwestern and others, visited the Irish for earlier in April and was offered there.
While he considered his other options, the football lineage in South Bend was another factor in his choice.
"The tradition of winning and success, competing for national championships is not something you can find anywhere else. I'm excited to put the gold helmet on. That's hard to turn down. I can't even imagine 80,000 fans watching me."
The coaching staff, particularly offensive line coach Harry Hiestand built a strong relationship with Ruhland which made him feel comfortable with them being his future coaches.
"Coach Hiestand has been great throughout this process, staying in contact with me and he's been great. On my visit, he was easy to talk to, fun, smart, knows the game, and I talked to his players and they were saying he's one of the best O-Line coaches in the country. He puts guys in the NFL and has really been getting Notre Dame's offensive line tradition back up. He's a great coach and I'm excited about what he can do for me."
Ruhland says he is undecided on a major, but is considering something in the field of business and academics played a part in his decision as well. He also knows playing as a true freshman is not likely, but is more than fine with that.
"I'll most likely redshirt. I'm a little undersized right now, but I'm going to put on weight and train, and I'm okay with that. It makes me better."
Finally, after all the visits, calls, e-mails and all else which goes along with being a top recruit, Ruhland is excited to have a home, but also looks back on the process with fondness.
"I definitely loved the process. It was exciting. It feels good to have it all done with and knowing we're going to focus on our high school team and winning a state championship. I'm excited for that definitely."
Ruhland is commitment number six for Notre Dame and first from the state of Illinois in their 2015 class.