Trey Ruiz was a standout running back and defensive back at Cienega before moving on to Arizona Christian and then Pima where he was listed as a receiver. Ruiz announced his commitment to Colorado Mesa on Thursday afternoon.
“Arizona Christian was a great program with great coaches and players, just in the building stages,” Ruiz explained. “I didn’t want to spend my only four years of college ball at some small school in the building stage so I took the risk and went to Pima, took the time to let myself physically and mentally develop.”
Ruiz recovered from a torn ACL his freshman year and graduated before he was 18-years-old so the move to Pima seemed to be the best fit for him.
“I’m just glad that the risk paid off, I walked onto Pima, worked my tail off in the weight room and classroom. I currently have a 3.8 GPA. My family really backed me and stayed strong in the process, I can’t tell you how many times I was ready to quit being that I had nowhere to go. I went to a small showcase, the “Framp Camp” one in Phoenix. CMU was there and decided to give me a chance. Now we’re here.
“My family couldn’t be more proud, but if it wasn’t for them leading by example I wouldn’t be the type of person I am so I’m proud of them for sticking by me, and being the best role models I could ask for. I owe them everything!”
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com