Projected as the team's No. 2 strong safety behind Caleb Schaffitzel, Rucker got a lot of reps this spring and gained valuable experience at a key spot ... Produced 3 total tackles in Maroon and White Game (4/20/13).
2012: Saw action in 9 games in his first season at MSU ... Recorded 3 total tackles on the season, including a solo stop at No. 23 Louisville (9/8/12) ... Had 2 solo tackles and a pass break up in the Maroon and White Game (4/21/12) ... Also landed a spot on the MSU Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the spring 2012 semester.
Fort Scott CC: Played two seasons as a receiver for Coach Curtis Horton at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College ... Team was 4-4 in 2011 and 3-6 his freshman season.
High School: Was a three-year starter at a smorgasboard of positions -- including QB, WR, DB and LB -- for Coach Ryan Majors at Shawnee Mission (Kan.) North High ... Earned All-Sunflower League honorable mention honors three straight seasons from 2007-09 ... Named team captain and SMN Male Athlete of the Year as a senior ... Was also a three-year starter on the basketball team and was a jumper on the track team.
Personal: Arthur Lewis Rucker, Jr., was born 9/6/91 in Overland Park, Kan. ... Son of Arthur Sr. and Cynthia Rucker of Shawnee, Kan. ... Has a brother, Kevin, and two sisters, Angelica and Alexandria ... Majoring in Political Science.