Fort Hays State adds MHS OL Ruth

By Steve Sell
February 01, 2017
Shane Backhus

McPherson High’s football team has rolled out standout offensive linemen like cars off an assembly line.

Year after year the Bullpups’ high-octane offenses have been led by the big men up front and the latest this year was one of the biggest and best ever, Jared Ruth.

The 6-4 and 300-pounder on Wednesday signed a national letter of intent with Fort Hays State, joining teammate Jack Reifschneider as they had a double signing ceremony in the MHS Little Theatre. Today is National Signing Day around the country.

Ruth was an All-State selection and earned AVCTL Division III honors. MHS line coach Pat Corcoran said Ruth has to rank near the top of the best linemen he has coached.

Ruth is a pure mauler as he fires off the ball and can get a big push.

“Jared is a kid that already has the size and strength to play at the D-2 level,” said MHS head coach Jace Pavlovich, who says the D-I schools may have missed out on a gem. “That is extremely rare especially for offensive linemen. He was a great player for us and has the potential to do some great things at the next level. Jared's stock was high coming out of high school because he could play all five spots on the offensive line. He is a very smart player that understands the zone running scheme.”

“I went up there on a visit and I really liked the coaches and facilities,” Ruth said. “I like what they’ve been doing and what the program can become. That really motivated me to go there.”

Ruth said he’ll spend his offseason continuing to get stronger and hopefully quicker. It’s not often a high school player has college-ready size and if Ruth packs on some muscle, he could be a building block in the Tigers’ offensive line for years.

“I’m going to do the workouts and what they want me to do so I’ll be ready for next season,” he said. 

Ruth is going to major in applied technology, which will include computer drafting.