Tigers Make Impression On Rudolph

Talented wide receiver Travis Rudolph visited Auburn for a camp and left very impressed by the Tigers

A three-star prospect at wide receiver, Cardinal Newman standout Travis Rudolph has offers from top programs across the country including Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Oregon and Tennessee.

Getting an opportunity to visit the Auburn campus for the first time and check out the Tigers along with his coach, former Miami QB Steve Walsh, Rudolph took part in a summer camp and got to work with Auburn assistants Rhett Lashlee and Dameyune Craig. After having the chance to get to know them better as well as get a look at the facilities, Rudolph says Auburn is at the top of his list now heading into the summer.

"It went really well," Rudolph says. "I really enjoyed everything I saw. I got a chance to see the facilities, saw around the campus, and inside the stadium. Everything went well. I was astounded at everything. I can definitely see myself there.

"Those guys (Craig and Lashlee) I could definitely see them as being a father figure," he adds. "They would take care of me if I were to go there. I have a really good connection with both of them. They talked about how I could be very productive in their program."

Saying Auburn is sticking out to him at the moment, Rudolph says Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Georgia and Florida are all also in the mix.

"I can't say they are a true favorite because I haven't been on other campuses," Rudolph notes. "I have been to Auburn, Florida and Miami. Now I want to see other campuses."

Travis Rudolph

A talented receiver prospect, Rudolph would be playing for Craig should he choose the Tigers. That's something he believes would be a great fit for him after getting to know the coach early in the recruiting process.

"He's a great person," he says of Craig. "He played at Auburn and he used to coach at Florida State but now he's back at Auburn. He's had two first-rounders in the past three years. That was a big thing that stood out to me. I just love Coach Craig. He's a great idol to look at."

Something that could help Auburn down the road is a familiarity with the program because of connections to South Florida. Friends with several current Auburn players, Rudolph says he should be able to get a good feel for what life with the Tigers would be all about.

"Right now my options are wide open," Rudolph says. "It's a humbling experience for me. I'm trying to be patient with it, but some schools are definitely sticking out. Right now they (Auburn) is sticking out to me.

"I know Tre Mason and Avery Young and a couple of players from Palm Beach County that are there," he adds. "That helps a lot because they will tell you straight-up how it is. You're going to need a good connection with the players. You don't want some foreign players you don't even get along with. That helps a lot."

Hoping to make his decision at the Under Armour All-American Game in January, Rudolph has someone else to lean on when making his decision. An All-American at Miami and a veteran of the NFL, Walsh is available to him 24 hours a day and that's important moving forward says Rudolph.

"That's very big," Rudolph says. "He's trying to help me out narrowing down schools. That's definitely helping out with getting on campuses. My mom and dad aren't financially stable enough to get me on campuses outside of the state. It's really helpful to have someone like Coach Walsh because he's treating me like I'm his own son."

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