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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Michigan football recruiting notebook >> Pass rusher extraordinaire Ru’Quan Buckley picks Nebraska, Franklin’s Fugedi to Pitt

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, December 12, 2020, 12:02 pm

The “Buck” stops in Lincoln, Nebraska for the foreseeable future.

Wyoming Godwin Heights’ senior defensive end Ru’Quan Buckley committed to Nebraska last weekend, selecting the Huskers over Michigan State, Florida State, Cincinnati and Minnesota.

Other Big Ten programs to offer him were Michigan, Purdue and Indiana.

Scouting services pegged him a three-star prospect. Many scouts view him as a four-star talent and believe he’s actually underrated in national recruiting circles. Nebraska had been the favorite for Buckley’s services since he visited campus in the weeks before the pandemic.

The 6-foot-7, 280-pound pass-rushing menace is a quarterback’s worst nightmare; long, lean and mean collapsing a pocket. The tenacity he brings to the defensive end position radiates on game film. He intends on early-enrolling next month. As a senior, Buckley posted 75 tackles and 12 sacks in just seven games of action.

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Forging a new path to Panthertown

Livonia Franklin senior offensive tackle Kyle Fugedi committed to Pittsburgh last week, shortly after de-committing from Miami (OH). Fugedi (6-6, 295) vacated his Miami (OH) pledge in late November only three weeks removed from getting his Pitt offer. He plays football like he plays hockey; full force, full tilt, nasty as he wants to be from the word go. In other words, this kid is toughness personified, which fits the history and demeanor of the new city (STEELTOWN USA) he’ll be calling home starting next year.

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Hidden talent on the line

River Rouge’s Tyler McMillan and Birmingham Brother Rice’s Aristotle Taylor are linemen from the Class of ‘21 that may not be known commodities on the recruiting trail but offer fantastic upsides as college prospects. 

McMillan (6-6, 320) is a monster in the trenches and just committed to Tulsa. There’s nothing more you could want in a pulling guard and ace pass protector from a college coaching perspective. His foot quickness and natural agility serve as the foundation of his skill set.

Taylor (6-8, 235) has a real buzz building on his recruiting stock in the past few weeks, with offers coming in from Air Force, Columbia, Dartmouth and Illinois State. Michigan extended a preferred walk-on bid and several MAC schools appear to be on the verge of offering. Taylor didn’t play high school football until this fall, opting instead for trying his hand at semi-pro video gaming. He put down the joy stick and put on the pads in August and has soared in his development as a rush end and pocket disruptor.