Hometown: Wasilla, AK
Previous School: Houston High School
College: Ruta is entering his first season with the Red Hawks.
High School: Ruta played four years of varsity baseball at Houston High School. He earned all-conference honors in 2011 and 2012. He also played football and basketball.
Personal: Russell is the son of Scott and Stacy Ruta. His favorite athlete is Dustin Pedroia; his favorite food is his mom's cashew chicken; his favorite scripture is Romans 12:21. His hobbies include snowboarding, four wheeling, hunting, and fishing.
Reason for coming to Simpson: "I chose Simpson because of the warm weather and the great campus."