ATLANTA -- Georgia State senior tight end Joel Ruiz is ranked among the top five senior tight end prospects for the 2016 National Football League draft by ESPN football analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

Kiper notes Ruiz's "good hands and athletic frame will be an asset at the next level." Click here to read the article.

Ruiz, 6-4 and 240 pounds, transferred to Georgia State from Presbyterian and made an immediate impact in 2014 with 39 receptions for 478 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games. He was named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List -- the first Panther ever named to a watch list for a major award -- as well as second-team All-Sun Belt Conference.

The Kingsland, Ga., native has been named to preseason all-conference teams by every preseason publication, including Lindy's, Athlon, The Sporting News and Phil Steele.

Georgia State opens the 2015 season by hosting Charlotte on Friday, Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPNU. Season tickets are on sale now by calling 404-413-4020.