In high school, it's not often that the kicker is credited with the team's success.
That's different for Cy-Fair's Jake Ruiz.
Last week against Atascocita, the junior made a clutch 45-yard FG which was the longest in his career. But Ruiz doesn’t consider himself just a kicker.
“I don’t consider myself as just a kicker, I’m an athlete,” Ruiz said. “I absolutely love competing, it is my nature.”
Ruiz also has eight tackles this season and he isn’t afraid to step up when needed.
Ruiz takes training to a new level. His father built him a football field with college dimensions and field goal posts to train on. He's already looking to take his game to the next level.
Ruiz is ranked with several of the top camps, but for Texas he is currently ranked as the No. 1 kicker for Kornblue, No. 2 kicker for Chris Sailer and No. 3 kicker with Kohl’s. As for the country, he’s ranked No. 3 for Kornblue and No. 8 for Chris Sailer and Kohl’s.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete takes good care of his body.
“I believe that is the key to being your best day in and day out,” Ruiz said.
Ruiz receives training from Rocky Willingham, who also trains Randy Bullock of the Cincinnati Bengals.
“I owe a lot of my success to him,” Ruiz said. “Without him I honestly wouldn’t be where I am today.”
With still another year left of high school eligibility, Ruiz have several colleges that are interested and he keep in contact with on a weekly basis. But as of now, no offers yet.
Ruiz understands that the Bobcats are taking the playoffs one game at a time and believes the Bobcat fight never dies.
“It feels great to be where we are,” Ruiz said. “But we still have a lot of football to play. I’m proud of how far we’ve gotten and the opportunity God has put in front of us.”