ECU eyes 2017 tight end Rudolph
In East Carolina’s pass-heavy spread offense a tight end can often times be an overlooked position. However, the Pirates have made the priority of the position clear in recent seasons with an increased workload to tight end Bryce Williams. Now, the Pirates are eyeing the future of the position in pursuit of 2017 Northwestern high school (Rock Hill, SC) tight end Logan Rudolph. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Rudolph has the size and frame to compete at tight end position and still has the potential to grow during his two remaining years in high school. Donnie Kirkpatrick, ECU’s inside receivers coach, has been in hot pursuit of the Northwestern product and extended him an offer in early May. “I was really excited when they offered me,” Rudolph said of ECU. “Donnie Kirkpatrick came to the school and it was good to just talk to him. That offer meant a lot. It’s a big program on the rise. They did big things last year and I’m sure they’ll do big things this year so I’ll be watching to see how they do and I’m definitely very interested in them.” As far as utilization goes, Rudolph pointed to Northwestern’s spread offense and the similarities it has with ECU as something that could benefit him moving forward. “Coach Kirkpatrick said that their offense is similar to ours,” Rudolph recalled. “They use the tight end similar to what we do but they utilize it more than our team does which is good. I think it fits my mold pretty well and it excited me a lot.” He added, “Wherever they want to use me I’ll be comfortable as long as I’m being used and in there helping the team out. It doesn’t really matter pro or spread but I do like the idea of ECU’s offense and how they use the tight end. I feel like that would be very good for me but I would be comfortable with however they wanted to use me.” With offers from Appalachian State, Georgia State and Kentucky, the Pirates stand as a team clearly in the mix early for Rudolph. However, things will surely begin to heat up for the tight end as his summer has been filled with camps, including a Penn State satellite camp that was hosted by Davidson on Wednesday. The busy summer should inevitably yield increased interest from other teams and the Pirates will have the benefit of an early relationship with Rudolph to aid them. ECU will also be able to host the tight end for visits this upcoming season and Rudolph has expressed an interest in seeing the Pirates first hand. “I haven’t been to ECU yet but I definitely want to get up to a game this fall and visit with my dad,” he said. The proximity for Rudolph and ECU should fall in favor of the Pirates but Tennessee and South Carolina have expressed interest in the tight end and could pull the trigger on an offer. “If I can maybe stay a little closer to home (that would be good),” he said. “I’m definitely fine with traveling as far as I need to if I like the place. Having something that’s close to him wouldn’t be a bad idea either.” Locality is just one of the many factors the Rudolph noted. A winning tradition, facilities and environment are all examples of the many things that he hopes to find at the next level. Rudolph said that he would ideally commit to a school at the end of his upcoming junior season and Northwestern. In the meantime, camps will headline what is shaping up to a busy summer for the tight end. “I think I’ll do a few more in July,” Rudolph said. “I might try to squeeze one or two more in June so that’ll give me a good many camps here and more exposure.”
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