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Florida State receiver target Henry Ruggs has more than great hops

An incredible vertical leap and big, sure hands help Ruggs play bigger than his height.

Henry Ruggs

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — Most in the recruiting world know Henry Ruggs III is a great leaper. The Montgomery (Ala.) Lee High School star was dunking as a 5’8 ninth-grader.

But during the Army All-American Game practices in San Antonio, Ruggs showed that he can do more.

SB Nation observed Ruggs for four hours Monday. He caught more than 30 balls from quarterbacks with whom he has never played. And we did not see any drops. Impressively for someone who doesn’t spend all of his time on football, Ruggs showed a natural ability to pluck the ball away from his body using his big hands.

Henry Ruggs is an elite WR recruit

Watch Florida State Seminoles Football WR target Henry Ruggs run crisp routes, snatch balls with his hands, and turn on the jets. SB Nation has coverage of the Army All-American Game all week.

Posted by on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

That, combined with his leaping ability, helps to explain how Ruggs plays bigger than his listed 5’11, 175, and why some believe the four-star is one of the 15 or so best receiver recruits in the country.

Florida State is battling Alabama and Florida for Ruggs’ signature on National Signing Day. Pulling prospects out of Alabama who are wanted by the Crimson Tide is notoriously difficult, but FSU has had success with receivers his size in recent years, including Rashad Greene, Kenny Shaw, and Noonie Murray.