Nation’s Top Tight End Jeremy Ruckert Releases Top Four, Nears Decision

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Jeremy Ruckert has had quite the past few days out at The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon. Not only has he proven to many that he is the best tight end in the nation, but there is even talk that he might be the best player in the nation. A 4-star prospect, there is a good possibility that Ruckert did enough to earn a fifth star over the past few days.

On Monday, Ruckert released his Top 4. The Buckeyes made the cut, as did Michigan, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin.

Ruckert (6-6 238) is rated the No. 1 tight end and the No. 35 player in the nation per 247Sports. The 247Sports Composite ranks him as the No. 2 tight end and the No. 75 player in the 2018 class. He is expecting to make his decision before the end of the month.

Throughout the 7-on-7 tournament at The Opening, Ruckert has proven to be an impossible matchup over the middle of the field. While there is more to a tight end’s game than a 7-on-7 tournament can provide, the athleticism that he has displayed is a welcome sight to all four of his finalists.

Ohio State is believed to be the favorite here, and he is absolutely OSU’s No. 1 target at the position.

Ruckert plays for Lindenhurst High School in Lindenhurst, New York. As a sophomore, he caught 60 passes for 811 yards and seven touchdowns. As a junior this past season, he caught 58 passes for 807 yards and eight touchdowns. He was named First-Team All-State by USA Today, and also earned Third-Team All-State honors as a placekicker the past two seasons.

As a receiver, Jeremy Ruckert is a big target with soft hands. He eclipses smaller defenders and can break tackles. He has great timing on the ball and great awareness of defenders and sidelines. In the highlights below, he is a quarterback’s best friend on more than one occasion. He spent his early years as a wide receiver, which is apparent watching him make plays on the ball.

Jeremy Ruckert Highlights

[Jeremy Ruckert photo courtesy of 247Sports.]