Players On The Rise: Bothell TE/DE Jeremy Ruef

(Jeremy Ruef 6-2 230 Jr. DE/TE Bothell)

Bothell is loaded for a big run at a state playoff berth this season and one player who will be making an impact on both sides of the ball for the Cougars is TE/DE Jeremy Ruef. Recently, the talented two-way athlete attended the Barton Combine at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor and he got some tough love from one of the top offensive linemen in the country, Aloha’s (Beaverton, Or.) Brayden Kearsley.

“He’s a big, physical dude,” a breathless Ruef told Northwest Elite Index following the linemen one-on-ones. “There were a lot of good guys here and I’m always up for going up against top guys. It helps me improve and work on what I need to work on to get better.”

That is the constant theme for Ruef in everything he does, he said as a leader on what promises to be a very good Bothell team this year his focus is on getting better every day.

“You always have to work to get better,” Ruef noted. “We’re working really hard this offseason. We’re lifting a lot together and running and we want to go further in the playoffs than we did this last year.”

At 6’2″, 230 pound, Ruef is a player who can have an impact on either side of the ball with his great size and athleticism as well as his non-stop motor.

On the recruiting front, things have been a bit on the slow side, but he hopes to hear from schools during the spring and summer, aware that he’ll need to hit the camp circuit in order to get noticed.

“I’m definitely going to hit the Washington State camp, that’s a definite,” Ruef noted. “After that, I’m not really sure yet, but if some schools want me to show up and invite me to their camp, then I am definitely down for that. I just like competing and getting better.”

We will continue to keep tabs on Ruef in the coming weeks and months and we’ll update news as it happens. NEI Combine Highlights Jeremy Ruef 2011 Highlights