Rudolph takes in Tuscaloosa

Mason Rudolph has a handful of SEC offers, but one of the programs that hasn't yet pulled the trigger hosted him on Wednesday for spring practice. The three-star quarterback recaps his visit to Alabama and updates his recruitment inside.

Wednesday was a busy one for Mason Rudolph and family, making their latest stop in the SEC while at Alabama during its spring practice.

"We got into Tuscaloosa yesterday, we went through the football offices the other facilities, team meeting rooms, indoor facilities, the awesome weight room, and saw the academic side of things," said the quarterback prospect. "Then we came back, met with Coach [Nick] Saban briefly, and then came back for practice.

"After practice, we met with Coach [Doug] Nussmeier and headed over to watch some film, it was a good day."

The long day had plenty of strongpoints, but taking in practice stood out perhaps the most for Rudolph.

"It was good to see practice up close and check out a lot of the guys that I've been following through the years on TV, it was a great experience," said Rudolph. "My family and I followed the quarterbacks wherever they were, we saw A.J. [McCarron] throw – he looked great.

"It was good to see him get the wide receivers and tight ends involved."

The other thing that stood out to the Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern standout was a familiar one among class of 2014 recruits checking out Alabama for the first time like he was.

"Every SEC school has a really huge weight room, but the one there that they just made is huge," he said with a laugh.

A big portion of the day was when the family sat down with the coaching staff to discuss the latest.

"They hadn't offered yet, but Coach [Doug] Nussmeir told me how good I am and said they were real interested and are going to continue to recruit me," said Rudolph. "He said he'd be up for my spring practice, to watch and evaluate me in person. It was all good."

"It would be awesome to get an offer from them," he continued. "They're a big-time program, so it would be one to think about. But, I have four (offers) right now and I haven't narrowed anything down. Having that one would be a great opportunity."

Alabama's staff, like most involved with the three-star, likes plenty of things about him as a signal-caller.

"They like that I have a good vibe, big body, I weighed in 6-foot-4, 218 today," he explained. "I can make most of the throws. I'm not a Michael Vick type of guy, but I can make plays with my feet and be mobile.

"The combination of those things is what they like."

Mom and dad liked Alabama's vibe and hospitality shown despite many other recruits and families in attenance.

"They all liked it just as I did," he said. "They appreciated the way they treated us, they did everything real nicely. They won it all the last few years, so everything was obviously impressive."

What Rudolph likes in a school is something he's still determining although his timetable for a decision is much clearer.

"I talked about making a decision before my senior year, I'd like to get that out of the way," he admitted. "But definitely, hopefully spring ball goes well and I pick up some more offers. I'll also camp at the placed I'm most interested in and go from there."

FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com ranks Rudolph as the No. 51 quarterback in the class of 2014.


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