April 10, 2016
19.) Kenneth Ruff – Early Enrollee, Syracuse, DE, FL, 6’1” 258-pounds
Ruff was a composite 3-star recruit from Dillard High School in Lauderhill, Florida. As a senior, Ruff racked up 98 tackles and 19 sacks while forcing three fumbles and recovering four. While he played inside linebacker all four years at Dillard, Cuse head coach Dino Babers moved him to DE due to only having four defensive ends on the roster heading into Spring Ball. Factoring the lack of depth and experience at the positon (Only one returning DL has a sack to his credit) and Ruff finds himself in a good situation for early tick.
Ruff is one of Babers recruits that he did not inherit from former head coach Scott Shafer and the new head coach has been pleased with his young early enrollee’s work ethic in the gym. Ruff has put on 18 pounds since he committed to the Orange in December of 2015. Kenneth has also been productive in practice, he had a 50 yard scoop and score in spring practice and while Babers joked that Ruff doesn’t know what he’s doing yet, the Head Coach says he has still been flying around making plays.
Ruff’s work in the gym, the lack of depth at his position, and his production is spring all seem to point to early playing time for the true freshman. If he can buckle down and pick up the defensive scheme and improve in the areas the staff demands, he could even start. Look for Huff to get his chance to make a splash early this season week one against Colgate. If he can impress the staff, he may be manning the WDE position against Louisville the following week.