Arkansas State transfer WR Corey Rucker visited USC and Utah State last week, and he said Sunday night he’s basically narrowed his decision to those two. Rucker had also drawn offers and interest from Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Texas State and Indiana since entering the NCAA Transfer Portal. He plans to return to USC with his mother for the spring game April 16th and then finalize his decision.
“It’s really down to South Carolina and Utah State,” Rucker said. “Auburn is in the mix a little bit, but for the most part it’s down to Utah State and South Carolina.”
The primary reason Rucker wanted to check out Utah State was his former head coach at Arkansas State when he was a freshman, Blake Anderson, and some staff members are now in Logan.
“It was good to see those people again,” Rucker said. “If I were to choose that place, I would know what I’m getting myself into. I know how he runs his program. I know his vision. I know what he believes in. It wasn’t too much of talking about the program but us just reconnecting and rekindling those relationships that we had.”
In previewing the trip to Utah last week, Rucker did not expect to like the place because he’s not a cold-weather guy having grown up in Mississippi. All that changed after two days there.
“To my surprise, it actually wasn’t cold,” Rucker said. “It was a beautiful place. I got to go up into the mountains. I got to go up a mountain full of snow, and one that didn’t have snow. I kind of got the experience up in the mountains. We went snowmobiling, which was crazy fun. We had quite the ball.”
Rucker said he has already purchased flights to Columbia for himself and his mother, and he said he’s excited to show her what he experienced on his official visit last week with his father. At this point, he said he does not have any other visits planned.