Core6 Athletes, a training and recruiting firm based out of the Chicago area, has helped many prospects land division one scholarships over the last few years including current Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, and even future Buckeyes, offensive lineman Jamarco Jones, and defensive end Dylan Thompson. And they're invading Columbus this weekend.
Former Indiana linebacker Paul Szczesny and the guys at Core6 are bringing a very talented group of recruits to Central Ohio on Saturday. One of the many prospects taking advantage of the opportunity is class of 2016 wide receiver Emmanuel Rugamba.
"I'm excited to see the campus and meet the coaches," the 6'0 170-pound sophomore told Land-Grant Holy Land. "I've only seen Ohio State on TV, so to be able to meet the staff and see the campus in person will be great."
Yesterday, Rugamba, who caught 23 passes for 383 yards and two touchdowns last season for a 12-3 State Champion Naperville (IL) High squad, had something happen to him that he should remember for a very long time, as the talented sophomore landed his first full ride scholarship from the Fighting Ililni of Illinois.
"It's definitely a stress reliever with the recruiting process starting so early these days. Getting the first offer under my belt makes things a lot less stressful," Rugamba said. "To be able to be offered by a program like Illinois makes it even better. Hopefully everything begins to pick up."
There is no question that Emmanuel's recruiting process should catch fire soon, with Illinois currently not the only program showing increased interest as of late. Over the last week or so, Ohio State and that That Team Up North, Michigan, have both stopped by Naperville High.
When it comes to OSU, Rugamba spoke with one of Urban Meyer's most recent hires.
"I spoke with Coach (Chris) Ash. He said that I'm on their radar and one of their 2016 recruits they want at their Friday Night Lights camp this summer and to keep in touch," Emmanuel said of his interaction with the OSU co-defensive coordinator. "He is looking forward to me visiting this weekend."
His contact with Ohio State might be rather new, but that doesn't mean he isn't familiar with the schools rich history.
"When I think about OSU, what comes to mind is a lot of winning. They have definitely been a successful program for a long time and if they were to offer it would be blessing," he said. "To know OSU is willing to offer you, sounds like a great feeling to me."
It is hard to tell what the future might hold for Emmanuel, but It shouldn't take you long to see why Illinois, OSU and others are showing interest in him. Check out these highlights on his Hudl page.