3-Star K Brandon Ruiz Flips From Alabama To Arizona State

    Three-star kicker Brandon Ruiz flipped his commitment from Alabama to Arizona State on Monday, giving the Sun Devils 14 total commits in the 2017 recruiting class rankings.

    January 16, 2017

    Three-star kicker Brandon Ruiz flipped his commitment from Alabama to Arizona State on Monday, giving the Sun Devils 14 total commits in the 2017 recruiting class rankings. 


    Apparently, Tempe was a more attractive destination than Tuscaloosa was for Brandon Ruiz.

    Less than 24 hours after the 3-star kicker decided to decommit from Alabama, the Gilbert, Arizona native decided to flip his commitment to Arizona State.

    He released a brief statement regarding his decision.

    “[I’m] proud to announce that I will be staying home and committing to Arizona State University!”

    With the addition of Ruiz, the Sun Devils now have 14 total commits in the cycle, and they sit at No. 43 in the 2017 recruiting class rankings.

    Arizona State has only one placekicker on the roster, and that’s redshirt junior John O’Brien. So, Ruiz should have an opportunity to compete for a starting job as soon as he gets to campus.

    Of course, there will be a pretty big pair of shoes left to fill for whoever becomes the Sun Devils’ starting kicker. Zane Gonzalez, who will not return due to graduation, is leaving Arizona State as the NCAA’s all-time leader in field goals made. He broke the record with his 89th field goal but ended with 96 total during his career in Tempe.

    As for Alabama, it certainly hurts to lose Ruiz to ASU. The Crimson Tide watched kicker Eddy Piñeiro flip to Florida in the 2016 cycle, and now will have to find someone else to replace graduating senior Adam Griffith. And with 16 of the top 20 kickers in the nation being currently committed elsewhere, that may not be such an easy task.

    Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.

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