July 9, 2012

Rucker represents USA

Iowa commit Malik Rucker returned home to Minnesota this past weekend after playing for Team USA in the Under 19 World Championship Tournament in Texas. While the U.S. fell short of their goal, losing to Canada 23-17 in the gold medal game on Saturday, Rucker says that he enjoyed the experience and learned a lot in the process. We caught up with the three-star prospect on Sunday to talk about the event, his upcoming senior season, and much more.

Q: What was the whole experience like for you playing for Team USA?

RUCKER: It was a good experience. We didn't accomplish our goal in the end because we lost in the gold medal game, but I'm glad that I went. It was a good experience for me. I met a lot of good players from around the country and played against some good players from around the world too.

Q: What made the difference in the loss to Canada?

RUCKER: I think overall as a team we just didn't play as well together as we were before. The game on Fourth of July, we won 70-7 and we were really clicking. But in the gold medal game our defense was on the field a lot, our offense wasn't really doing anything, and overall we just didn't play very well.

Q: How did you play in the last game?

RUCKER: I did all right. I had a few tackles and a fumble recovery. That was probably my biggest play.

As a junior, the 6-foot-0, 175-pound Rucker finished with 83 tackles and two interceptions at Robbinsdale Cooper High School. In June, the three-star prospect committed to Iowa over scholarship offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Duke, Illinois, Iowa State, Minnesota, NC State, SMU, Northern Illinois, Ohio, and Wyoming, among others.

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