"Miami was never off my list, there was never any hard feelings about the program. I love the whole coaching staff and the program," he said.
"The main reason (I decommitted) is that I want to explore my options while remaining neutral. They were saying, ‘You're going to be a Hurricane,' and ‘We'd love to have you here,' and telling me to enjoy my recruitment right now."
Not only did Rudolph have some encouraging conversations with the Miami coaches, he was impressed with the intensity of the scrimmage itself.
"I really enjoyed the scrimmage. I thought it was going to be kind of a joke, but they were really grinding and working, I really enjoyed it. It was a great atmosphere," he said.
"I could fit in well with the program and be a great playmaker for them."
Rudolph has also visited Florida a couple of times this spring and was on hand for the Gators' spring game. UF was leading the race for him for a short time, but he's clear he's not making another commitment anytime soon. He's being careful to take it slow.
"I've only been on Florida's and Miami's campuses, so really there's no leader," he said.
"Right now, they're even. Everybody's even really."
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver's offer list has grown this spring to include Georgia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, and more. Alabama is one of his most recent offers and one he was especially excited about.
"Oh man, that's like a dream come true. I love Alabama. It hasn't sunk in yet that I have an offer from them," Rudolph said.
"Talking to Coach Saban, it was like, ‘Geez.' That program has so much hype and reputation, it was like, ‘Wow. I talked to Coach Saban.' He said they're going to recruit me as a receiver and he loves me as a receiver."
Plenty of schools should be stopping by Cardinal Newman this spring to check Rudolph out. One program he's hoping for an offer from this spring is Oregon.
After spring, he plans to do plenty of traveling and get a better feel for the programs recruiting him. Both of his parents will be visiting schools with him and helping him with his final decision.