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2019 Clemson Football Recruiting: 2019 DE Ruke Orhorhoro Signs Letter of Intent with Tigers

The three-star DE is officially a Tiger

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Over the past couple years, Clemson has had one of the most dominant defensive lines in college football. With the whole of the Tiger defensive line graduating, there could be an early opportunity for three-star DE, Ruke Orhorhoro

Today, Ruke Orhorhoro took the first step in becoming a star at Clemson. Today, Orhorhoro signed his letter of intent.

Orhorhoro is ranked as 178th best overall player in the 2019 class, 53rd best DE, and the 18th best player in Michigan.

Ruke Orhorhoro is a physical specimen. Orhorhoro is 6’4” and weighs 271 pounds.

Orhorhoro is a unique recruit for Clemson. The Defensive end is from Michigan. Clemson, typically does not recruit players from northern states. Dabo Swinney and the Clemson coaching staff must have seen something special in him.

Orhorhoro’s top two schools were Michigan and Clemson. He eventually chose the Tigers on June 15th.

Ruke Orhorhoro is an offensive guards worst nightmare. The DE has the capability to wreck his opponents game plan. Orhorhoro is mostly known as a pass rusher, but he has also proved that he can be a very effective run-stopper. Orhorhoro has all of the physical characteristics to become the next star defensive linemen at Clemson.

QT’s Take:

Ruke is a massive, hulking 270 pounds with no end in sight to his continued growth and maturation. Ruke is a raw prospect, having only played two years of high school football. He is obviously a developmental prospect, but getting him on campus as an early enrollee is an important part of his continued progress. He needs the work and getting in the college weight room/nutrition program will determine if he is a 3 tech or a strongside DE at the college level.

Ruke has a massive wingspan, but with the additional weight he projects as either a 5 or 3 tech. I tend to think he will eventually be slotted in as an athletic, pass-rushing 3 tech. In a down year for defensive lineman you want to pick players based on tools and raw athleticism you can mold. He also has a bunch of relations playing college football. Ruke’s technique needs a ton of work, but that is completely expected after just two years.