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Since the beginning of the 2017 season, few players in the 2019 class saw their recruitment take off as fast as River Rouge (MI) 2019 defensive lineman Ruke Orhorhoro and the 6-foot-5, 238 pound 3-star recruit will likely see his recruitment reach new heights as he prepares for his senior season as he’s seen increased interest from several schools, including Michigan State recently.
Spartan Nation caught up with Orhorhoro to talk about his recruitment and his recent visit to #16 Michigan Stateas he was on campus in East Lansing for a visit and had the opportunity to take in a practice as the Spartans prepare for next week’s Holiday Bowl against Washington State.
“It was fun,” Orhorhoro said of his visit and chance to watch practice. “I liked the energy, I liked the way they ran their practice and I got to see them working, which was really good for me.”
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The visit was Orhorhoro’s third trip to Michigan State as he’s been on campus for two games, along with his visit for the bowl practice and said that he’s come away impressed with what the campus and the Spartans’ coaching staff has to offer.
“It’s great, I like the campus,” he said. “I walked around a little bit when I was walking towards the basketball game, I like the student section a lot. The coaches, the way they’re involved with the players during the game and the way they talk to them. It’s a place where I can tell that they really care about their players.”
Orhorhoro currently holds 10 offers, including offers from Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Central Michigan and Western Michigan. The 6-foot-5, 238-pound recruit has also received interest from another Big Ten school, Wisconsin, who he plans on visiting for Junior Day in January.
When it comes to Indiana, Orhorhoro, who noted he’d like to play in the Big Ten, said that he likes the Hoosiers’ defensive line and feels he could be a fit in the Indiana defensive scheme.
“They’re a really good school,” he said. “I like their defensive line, I like the way they run their defense.”
A native of Nigeria and the youngest of seven children, Orhorhoro said that he’s thankful that his parents moved their family to the United States about 10 years ago and is making the most of the opportunity to participate in sports that he enjoys.
“It’s just a pleasure to be here,” he said. “There are many opportunities here to turn your life around, do great things with your life. I just thank my parents for bringing me here and giving me the opportunity to play the sports that I love.”
As far as Michigan State is concerned, Orhorhoro said that the interest is mutual and has had his eye on the Spartans for some time now.
“I’m highly interested in them, I’ve been looking at them since I was young,” he said. “They’ve got a great defensive line coach, their defensive line has a good resume and all of that, and that’s really good for me.”
Orhorhoro also added that after having the opportunity to watch the defensive line unit practice in preparation for the bowl game, he came away impressed with Michigan State defensive tackles coach Ron Burton and defensive ends coach Mark Snyder.
“When I watched them practice, I saw the way he was involved with the defensive line, stopping and giving them advice on how to do this or how to do that,” he said. “Even after practice, the defensive line was working on some other stuff and he spends a lot of time with them and makes them into better men on and off the field.”
The 6-foot-5 standout defensive lineman, who has been recruited by Michigan State wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel, said that he’d been told the Spartans like his athleticism and his ability to stop the run and pressure the quarterback.
While he hasn’t received an offer from Michigan State as of yet, Orhorhoro said that he’s been told that he could see an offer come his way later this month after the coaching staff wraps up the early signing day for the 2018 class and said that an offer from the Spartans would be a big deal for him.
“It would mean the world,” he said. “Just to know that my hard work is paying off and that the coaches are with me. It would be my second Big Ten offer, which is a big offer for me. It’d be a great feeling.”
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