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February 28, 2012

Ruminer seeing increased interest

6-foot-3 and 215-pound Kooper Ruminer, one of the top linebackers in Oklahoma's class of 2013, is seeing increased recruiting interest after an excellent junior season. The Edmond (Okla.) Deer Creek star recently took in a junior day at the University of Tulsa and has high interest in the Golden Hurricane.

"It went really good," he said. "We sat in a two-hour long meeting about recruiting and their school. Then they took us on a tour of the facilities, locker room, coaches' offices and the weight room. It was a long, but very informational day.

"I got a lot of information about their campus and the football program as a whole. It was a pretty eye-opening visit. To kind of realize that Tulsa keeps improving year after year was pretty nice."

Ruminer also got some one-on-one time with Tulsa coaches.

"I talked Coach (Bill) Blankenship and the defensive coordinator Coach (Brent) Guy," he explained. "They kind of went through what they're looking for in linebackers, and I thought I fit most of the aspects of their requirements.

"We went to the basketball game afterwards, and I talked to the new coach, Calvin Thibodeaux. He's a really nice, humble guy, and he seems to know what he's talking about. Overall it was very eye-opening to me. I felt at home and hopefully our relationship keeps growing."

This was not Ruminer's first time to see the Golden Hurricane campus. He watched Tulsa defeat Marshall, 59-17, back on November 12, 2011.

"(Tulsa) had a really solid outing," he described. "They were able to do whatever they wanted against Marshall. It was really impressive."

As a junior last season, Ruminer made 136 tackles in 11 games, including 10 sacks. He also forced two fumbles, recovered another and forced a safety. His performance landed him on The Oklahoman's Super 30 for 2013.

"I felt really good about (the season)," he said. "I felt like I needed to have a good year this year, and I think I did that. I still have a lot to work on, but I feel good about it."

Aside from Tulsa, Ruminer also has interest from Kansas State, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma State, SMU and others, but the Golden Hurricane is his current favorite.

"They are definitely my top choice right now," he added. "They have everything I'm looking for."

Once the scholarship offers start rolling in, Ruminer has a few criteria that he will focus on in order to make his college decision.

"I value my education and I take academics very seriously," he said. "So probably academics first, then distance from home, and the college's prestige and their background."



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