EDGY: Recruiting news and notes

EDGY: Recruiting news and notes
April 8, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Cary-Grove three-star junior offensive guard Trevor Ruhland was able to add his latest offer from Notre Dame after making a weekend unofficial visit to South Bend.

How did Ruhland react when Figting Irish head coach Brian Kelly offered him a scholarship?

"I was just sort of dumbfounded when coach Kelly offered me," Ruhland said. "I sat there sort of in shock with a dumb look on my face."

Ruhland had been hoping for an offer from the Irish and admitted that Notre Dame is at the top of his list of favorites.

"Notre Dame is an important offer for me" he said. "I was waiting and hoping for this one and it feels great. I'm still stunned and excited about the offer. I didn't commit but Notre Dame will be in the mix for sure."

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One of the top-ranked running backs in the Land of Lincoln's Class of 2015 gave a verbal commitment today.

East St. Louis four-star junior running back Natereace Strong (5-foot-11, 195 pounds), as expected, pledged to the Missouri Tigers when he took an unofficial visit along with several of his teammates earlier Tuesday afternoon. Strong admitted that he actually made up his mind a few months ago.

"I decided about two months ago when it all just clicked," Strong said. "I don't want to go anywhere too far because I have family members who I want to come see me play in college."

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Bloom Township has a D1 recruit in junior inside linebacker Kyle Pugh (6-foot-1, 215 pounds), who added recent offers from Bowling Green and Syracuse in addition to his offer from NIU. Pugh is both thrilled and still stunned by the sudden recruiting interest.

"It's definitely picked up. Penn State has started to reach out and they said they will be in school this spring. Duke has started to send mail and Facebook messages," he said. "I'm seeing more mail from a bunch of different schools now from all over the country. It's been exciting and it's just fun to see what mail comes in now. Overall it's been a pretty amazing few weeks."

Downers Grove North junior quarterback David Edwards (6-foot-6, 230 pounds) plays under center for the Trojans, yet when it comes to his eventual position in college, many see Edwards as a tight end. That is with the exception of Iowa who also could see Edwards end up playing a completely different position down the line.

"Iowa said they offered me and would start me out as a tight end, but they also said they could see me playing on the offensive line for them someday," Edwards said. "I made an unofficial visit on Saturday to Iowa and I talked to the coaches and we talked about the whole position scenario. It's not the first time I've hard that from a school to be honest. I'm pretty open to it and it's not a big deal for me."

Edwards has offers from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.