Frostee Rucker DE 6í3 260 USC
By: Robert Davis
Frostee Rucker began his career at Colorado St. but transferred to USC after his freshman season. In his first two seasons at USC, he totaled 55 tackles, 11.5 for loss, and four sacks. As a senior, he matched those numbers. For the year he had 51 tackles, 12 for loss, and 6.5 sacks. Showing his consistency, Rucker put up similar numbers as a senior, finishing with 56 tackles, 14 for loss, with 6.5 sacks and an interception.
Rucker makes his presence felt all over the field. He is a good athlete, and shows the ability to beat the tackle off the snap to get into the backfield. Rucker is very active, and will make plays as both a pass rusher and run stopper. He has an infectious attitude and players rally around him.
Frostee is the epitome of a tweener. He lacks the bulk and strength to be an everydown end, and lacks the closing speed to play off the line. He can be completely taken out of the running game if he does not beat the tackle off the line because he simply is not strong enough. Even though he gets consistent penetration, Rucker lacks the closing speed to be a dominant playmaker.
Frostee Rucker has been a key member of USCís success recently. He does not put up eye-popping stats, but his ability to consistently get into the backfield has disrupted opponents. His upside is very limited, but he is a guy who could be a solid back up at the next level. His attitude is an asset, as he keeps things light, but turns up the intensity on the field, and gets his teammates to step up as well. Rucker should be an early Day Two selection because players that can get to the passer are always coveted.
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