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Cesar Ruiz (football)

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Cesar Ruiz
Michigan Wolverines – No. 51
PositionOffensive lineman
Career history
  • Michigan (2017–present)
High schoolIMG Academy (Bradenton,FL)
Personal information
Born: (1999-06-14) June 14, 1999 (age 22)
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight316 lb (143 kg)
Career highlights and awards
  • 2017 Under Armour All-America Game
  • 2016 Second-team MaxPreps All-American
  • 2016 USA Today All-USA Florida Second-Team

Cesar Ruiz is an offensive lineman for the Michigan Wolverines football team who is playing his freshman season for the 2017 Michigan Wolverines football team. As a freshman, Ruiz appeared in ten games, six of which he started at right guard.[1] In addition to playing offensive line, he appeared on special teams in eight games.[2]

Early years[edit]

Cesar Ruiz grew up in Pennsauken, New Jersey and began his high school career at Camden High School. [3]He quickly became one of the nation's top centers, and transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida prior to his junior football season.[4] Anchoring the offensive line, he helped to lead IMG Academy to undefeated seasons in both as both a junior and a senior.[5] Cesar Ruiz was invited to the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game, where he played on Team Highlight,[6] as well as the Opening Finals in Beaverton, Oregon[7]. As a senior he was a USA Today All-USA Florida second-team offensive lineman and a second-team MaxPreps All-American.[8] He was the top center in the nation according the 247Sports.com composite rankings. [9]Ruiz received over offers from over thirty colleges, including Auburn, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, and Clemson, and committed to Michigan on December 19, 2016.[10] He was recruited by Chris Partridge[11] and had many ties to the Michigan football program with his cousin Brad Hawkins committed to Michigan and friend Ron Johnson already on the team.[12]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Cesar Ruiz
Bradenton, Florida IMG Academy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 315 lb (143 kg) 5.26 Dec 19, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 41  247Sports: 55  ESPN: 28
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Michigan Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  • "2017 Michigan Football Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
Cesar Ruiz prior to Michigan's football game against Rutgers University on October 28, 2017.

College career[edit]

2017 season[edit]

Cesar Ruiz appeared in ten games for the 2017 Michigan Wolverines football team, starting six games at right guard. He earned his first start against Minnesota on November 4, 2017. Ruiz went on the start the last four games for the 2017 Michigan Wolverines football team at right guard while also contributing on special teams.[13]He looks to improve on his freshman campaign with new offensive line coach Ed Warriner and return to his traditional center position for the 2018 Michigan Wolverines football team. [14]


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