His father and brother were part of the program at Nebraska and his cousin carried the football for Iowa State, but Malik Rucker is convinced his football future is at Iowa.

The defensive back from New Hope, Minn., a standout at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, became the ninth member of the Hawkeyes’ 2013 recruiting class Friday, making a verbal commitment to sign with Iowa next February.

“I could see where I would fit in there as a player in how they play defense and I feel like it’s the best situation for me,” Rucker said. “I felt good about it from the start and I didn’t feel like there was a need to look any further.”

The 6-foot, 175-pound safety, who recorded 52 tackles in nine games last fall, is in the midst of a busy summer.

He is one of six defensive backs selected to play for the United States in the upcoming International Federation of American Football U19 World Championships that begin later this month in Austin.

“It’s going to be a busy summer, but it’s going to be a good summer,” Rucker said. “Right now, I just feel real good about Iowa.”

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Rucker, whose father, Charles, and brother, Xavier, are former Cornhuskers, is a cousin of former Cyclones running back Alexander Robinson.

Rated by Scout.com as a top-50 safety in the Class of 2013 and by Rivals.com as the second-best prospect in Minnesota, Rucker selected Iowa from a collection of offers that included Arizona State, Boston College, Duke, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Minnesota and North Carolina State.

He is the sixth defensive player to commit to Iowa and joins Delano Hill of Detroit Cass Tech as the only defensive backs in the class.

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