Sunnyside High School (Calif.) Cornerback Deshawn Ruffin has chosen to become a Fresno State Bulldog. He announced the decision via Twitter Friday July 14.
“The thing that really put Fresno State over the hump for me was the new coaching staff and their main focus is to get the program back to a winning mindset. When you have a head coach like Jeff Tedford you can’t deny his success at previous schools,” Ruffin said.
The 5-foot-10, 170 pound cornerback feels like once he gets to Fresno State he will mesh well on the field because the Bulldogs want to bring a physical and ball hawking attitude defensively and that’s what Ruffin brings to the table.
“I expect to be able to come in a learn from all the veteran guys and then take that knowledge I learned and then place it into my game so that I can impact the field once my opportunity is given.”
Deshawn Ruffin wants to bring a physical presence and his natural instinct to play the ball in the air as an incoming Fresno State Bulldog in 2018. Off the field, Fresno State was the right pick for him because it allows him to pursue opportunities in business or communication, his majors of choice.
“I plan to just learn as much as possible my first year at Fresno State and hopefully have the opportunity to play but I also have the patience and knowledge to know that if it isn’t my time I have to wait.”
As far as what he has learned from his freshman year to senior year at Sunnyside High School, not everything is going to be handed to him and if something doesn’t happen on his time, he has to be patient and stay ready.
“I still have to learn to always finish through a play because that will be the difference in me making a play or giving up a catch,” he said.
Deshawn Ruffin wants to help his team win a championship and get to the state playoffs in addition to make the All-State team as a senior. A big weight has been lifted now that his recruiting process is over. He can now focus on his team and academics in his final season at Sunnyside High School.