2021 OT Nolan Rucci Talks Michigan Offer, Family Ties to Football

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2021 OT Nolan Rucci Talks Michigan Offer, Family Ties to Football

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2021 OT Nolan Rucci Talks Michigan Offer, Family Ties to Football

Nolan Rucci’s father is former Penn State and New England Patriots offensive lineman Todd Rucci. His brother, Hayden Rucci, is committed to Wisconsin as a member of the 2019 class.

Todd is currently an assistant coach for Lititz (Pa.) Warwick High School – Nolan is the offensive tackle for the Warriors.

Michigan offensive line coach Ed Warinner contacted Todd to let him know of the Wolverines interest in his son, so Nolan gave Warinner a call.

The phone conversation turned into an offer from the University of Michigan on Oct. 4, 2018.

“I’m extremely excited about the offer,” Nolan said. “I’m excited to get to know the coaches and players better as my recruiting continues.”

The 6-foot-8, 226-pound offensive tackle has offers to play for Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Under his father at Warwick High School, the Raiders run a similar offensive to the Wolverines. The way the offensive line works is nearly identical – it’s hard-nosed football.

Since his father played for the Nittany Lions from 00-00, Nolan was surrounded by Penn State, which also meant checking out multiple of its games against Michigan.

“I have always enjoyed the way they compete,” Nolan said of Michigan, “but recently I’ve been following them a lot more with the success they’ve had this season.”

Offensive guard Doug Skene played for Michigan from 1989 to 1992 and continued to the NFL for the Patriots. He played side-by-side with Todd, and he has already shed positive insight on his alma mater with Nolan.

Nolan planned to attend Michigan’s game against Wisconsin with his brother Hayden, but the contest falls on the same day as Warwick’s homecoming.

Hayden is a three-star tight end who committed to play for the Badgers on Feb. 2, 2018. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder had offers to Wisconsin, Army, Boston College, Duke, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

Nolan and his family plan to attend a game at The Big House sometime in the near future – either right before or shortly after the season ends.

“I really want to get to know Coach Warinner and the coaching staff as well as the players,” Nolan said.

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