Wisconsin Signing Class Preview - Hayden Rucci

Wisconsin Signing Class Preview - Hayden Rucci

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Wisconsin Signing Class Preview - Hayden Rucci

MADISON, Wis. – With the early signing period for high school football players beginning on December 19, Badgers Insider takes a closer look at the recruits expected to sign with the University of Wisconsin.

In this edition, we examine Lititz (PA) Warwick tight end Hayden Rucci.

Senior Season

A year after catching 19 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns, Rucci upped his stats in a big way and finished with 30 receptions for 645 and eight touchdowns, earning a league first-team all-star selection for the second year in a row.

“I did a lot of speed and agility training to supplement my lifting which definitely helped me in the passing game,” he said. “My added size and strength allowed me to be even more dominant in finishing blocks.”

Most importantly, Rucci helped his team win a section title, finish 9-3 on the season and win the first playoff game in school history.

Skill Set

It’s hard to really criticize any part of Rucci’s game at this point because he plays the high school tight end position so well. He’s a mismatch for a lot of players because he has good power to outmuscle defensive backs and good speed to run by linebackers. His ability to catch the football and be a productive player after the catch stand out, as he has great hands and knows how to find the open space on the field to make a play.

A good positive for Rucci is that he embraces being a blocker as an end-line tight end, bringing a level of toughness and physicality that will only grow in Wisconsin’s strength and conditioning program. UW likes him as an H-back, meaning his ability to be a solid pass catcher and run blocker will determine how many reps he’ll get.

“My style of play at tight end is pretty diverse,” Rucci said. “My technique in blocking allows me to drive linebackers and lineman back and into the ground. I can make plays after the catching the ball, which makes it tough for a defense. Overall though you can expect a lot of intensity.”

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