The previous times, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman had left without an offer, so he had little reason to believe this time would be any different. It was.
"I hope for an offer everywhere I go, but I wasn't expecting it. I got there, talked with Coach Hiestand and he kind of hinted at it. He said 'we want you and your dad to talk to Coach Kelly after practice and I think you'll like what he has to say.'"
At that point, Ruhland says he did not want to jump to any conclusions, but he soon found himself sitting in head coach Brian Kelly's office.
"I'm pretty sure Dad was sweating more than I was. I was nervous. It was nerve-wracking sitting down with one of the best coaches in the country. He told us about the situation with the last spot and he offered me. I sat there with the biggest smile on my face. It was a great feeling, really priceless. It was a good day."
Ruhland says he will play guard or center in college, but is more likely to be a guard for the Irish. He now sits at 13 offers and Notre Dame sits favorably on that list.
"I'd have to put them right at the top. You can't not take a serious look at one of the best programs in the country with all that tradition. I'd say they're definitely at the top."
Today Ruhland visits Minnesota and beyond that, has no other visits planned. He also has no decision date planned, but realizes it may not be far away.
"I don't know exactly but the time keeps coming faster and faster and before I know it, I'll have to sit down and make a decision. It's scary but also very exciting."