- Born in Columbus, Mississippi
- Parents are Jeffry and Susan Rucker
- Grandfather played lacrosse at Hobart College
- Married Sydney Shuman in August 2014
- Majoring in business management
- Prepped at Auburn Riverside High under coach Jon Aarstad
- Rated the third best right-handed pitcher and ninth best high school prospect in Washington by Baseball Northwest
- As a junior, he went 8-2 with a 1.51 ERA and 102 strikeouts.
- Two-time First-team All-State 4A and first-team All-SPSL 4A North
- Puget Sound all-regional team
- Co-male athlete of the year in 2012
- As a sophomore, he received an All-SPSL 4A North honorable mention and was named the school's Varsity Team Most Improved Player.
- South Puget Sound Scholar Athlete and a recipient of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Distinguished Scholastic Award.
- At Gonzaga was a member of the Keen Engineering Competitions
- Played summer of 2013 for Bellingham Bells