2014 Signing Class | Defender with numerous skills and leadership capabilities ... totaled 59 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles for the Golden Lions his senior season earning first team all-state accolades ... 67 tackles, 3 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles as a junior ... high school coach was Paul Standard ... U.S. Army All-American Bowl; invited to 2014 U-19 International Bowl ... also a track letterman ... 247sports No. 8 CB, Top 75 overall ... Rivals No. 11 CB, Top 170 nationally ... Scout No. 18 DB, Top 200 nationally ... ESPN No. 21 DB, Top 150 overall ... PrepStar Top 15 athlete ... son of Renee Ruffin and Demetrius Ruffin.
Coach Smith: "He reminded me of someone in my past. Really athletic, really smart. Gym rat. Loves the game. He has the right kind of spirit. We had coaches on the staff who had a connection with him since he was a ninth-grader. He came down here, and he liked what Coach Malzahn and all the coaches were about. He committed early. To me, he's one of the most critical guys in the class because he was a guy everybody wanted, but he chose us before we did anything (on the field)."
Coach Malzahn: "One of the top corners on our board early on. Coach Smith and Coach (Dameyune) Craig did a great job recruiting him. He is long, he is athletic and he's got very good ball skills and character. We're very excited about Nick."