Malik Rucker, 17, a senior at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, last week announced he will accept a football scholarship to University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. Rucker was among some 18 athletes locking down college choices at the National Signing Day event at Robbinsdale Cooper. The scene was being enacted in high schools nationwide as standout athletes met the college deadline for accepting scholarships.
Rucker's mom, Chanda Smith Baker, said her son is excited about Iowa. "He wanted a Big Ten school and he grew up following Iowa. Malik, a star defensive and offensive player for Robbinsdale Cooper, will be a defensive back for Iowa. Malik got over 18 scholarship offers but he wanted to play for a Division 1 team. That's why he chose Iowa," she said. "The family is happy for him and for his choice. Iowa is close enough for us to support him and attend the games."