Currently 9-1 on the season and up to No. 7 in the country, Auburn's rise up the rankings has caught the attention of just about everyone including Rudolph. Keeping in close contact with wide receiver Coach Dameyune Craig, Rudolph says he's got nothing but good vibes about the Tigers heading into his weekend visit.
"Auburn, I would definitely say they are the sleeper team that people don't really know about," Rudolph tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I don't talk about them a whole lot. When I first released by official top five they weren't in it, but actually they are in the race. I have a really good relationship with Coach Craig. When I went up there this summer it really impressed me.
"I'm going to take the official because me and Coach Craig have a very good relationship," he adds. "It's like father and son. He told me about his background and I'm learning more about him than any other coach. We have really good relationship and I'm comfortable with him."
Showing interest in Auburn because of the new coaching staff, Rudolph knew there would be growing pains coming off last year's 3-9 record. Seeing very little of that so far and excited about where the program is headed, he says you can't help but be impressed by what Auburn is accomplishing.
"They are finding a way to win," Rudolph says. "When I first met Coach Malzahn he told me what type of coach he is. He says because he was a high school coach he has a good feel for what players can do. He develops players and he's showing me what he said he was going to do at Auburn. He said they had the talent and he was going to get them right, and he's getting them right and they're winning."
Having already taken official visits to Ohio State, Tennessee and Florida State with a trip to Auburn coming up this weekend and his final visit to Alabama in December, Rudolph says both Florida and Miami are also in the mix for him. With plans to make his decision at the Under Armour All-American Game in early January, Rudolph notes that he wants to have all his visits done so he can make an informed decision.
Playing for a 7-3 team that just wrapped up the district title and heads into the playoffs this week, Rudolph has been a playmaker for Cardinal Newman. Despite a team that focuses on running the football, Rudolph has put up big numbers as a senior with over 1,000 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns through the air.
"We don't throw it around that much," Rudolph says. "I'm the type of player that can take a hitch 70 yards. That's how the season has been. We throw simple routes and turn them into big plays."
A talented receiver that is still underappreciated somewhat because he's not 6-4 or 220 pounds, Rudolph says that he's really focused on becoming a more complete receiver in 2013 and it has paid off in a big way for him.
"I have really worked on my ball skills," Rudolph says. "My wide receiver coach Demetrius Hodges has had me working and concentrating on my hands and all that. I feel like I am a more developed route-runner with better ball skills. Those are good attributes for a wide receiver. My coach played cornerback at East Carolina and he's preparing me because next year is going to be a whole other level and I have to get prepared for it and work on it early."
Cardinal Newman won a three-team tiebreaker last Monday night over Pahokee and American Heritage-Delray for the right to host a first-round playoff game this Friday night where they will face Chaminade.