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In which BracketCat counts down the 56th day until kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Alec Ruth.


Alec Ruth
True Freshman
6-6 | 280
Highlands Ranch, Colo.


Position: Offensive Line

Previous College: None

Projection: Redshirt

Status: On Scholarship

Alec Phillip Ruth (b. Dec. 12, 1995) is a promising young offensive tackle who chose Kansas State over offers from Northern Colorado, Oregon State and San Diego State. He is expected to redshirt in 2014.

He credited the social media "love" from many of his fellow signees for his eventual decision to commit, he told, proving once again that Twitter is effective as a recruiting tool:

"Ever since I went out to visit during the summer, I had K-State fans on Twitter giving me shout outs and stuff, Ruth said. "And Dalton Risner. I wanted to commit with him. I just love that feeling of a close brotherhood. We probably talk every other week. He's a really cool dude and is really supportive of me, which is cool because we don't even really know each other. It's cool that I'm already making a close buddy."

Ruth lettered four years for Valor Christian High School, including his senior year under head coach Rod Sherman.

He was named one of The Denver Post's top 25 players in the state during the 2013 season and was ranked 30th nationally among offensive tackles by ESPN. Watch his highlights here.

Ruth helped the Eagles to win the Colorado 5A State Championship all four years. The school has won five straight state titles. He also competed in basketball, wrestling, and track and field, and was an academic all-state student.