"It was a great experience meeting the coaches and everybody," said the four-star 2017 prospect. "I am definitely happy I came down."
"It is a great college town; it's great weather; it's a beautiful day. I don't think you can go wrong here."
Rudolph and his father journeyed down from South Carolina on Saturday to meet Jim McElwain and his staff face-to-face and to find out what the Gators have planned for the versatile athlete. The Northwestern playmaker has demonstrated excellent skill as both a pass rusher and as a tight end for his high school, Rock Hill. Most of Rudolph's offers are for defense, however, Florida is different.
"Meeting coach McElwain and seeing where he wants to use me and meeting my position coach in [defensive line coach] Chris Rumph [stood out on the visit]," he said. "They kind of talked playing both ways, tight end too. Coach Rumph coaches the d-line and definitely said pass rush is going to me the main thing, but if there is a little tight end that is fine with me. I'm just a football player, so if I come here thats what I will do."
Rudolph's junior year marked the first time the 6-foot-3, 230 pounder played defense.
"I like defense a lot after this year," he adds. "It's been a great year, and I think I can produce a lot on defense."
Although he seems to be leaning more to defense, he is not shutting the door on any school that seems him playing both sides or on offense. On the contrary, he picked up a lot of positive vibes from the Gators.
"They expressed a lot of positivity. They loved my tape. I was excited. It's a huge program with a lot of great tradition here. I was pumped," said Rudolph. "They are definitely still up there. I love it."
Rudoph's offer list includes: Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Notre Dame. Oklahoma State, South Carolina and Tennessee, just to name a few. But at this time, he i snot comfortable to name a leader.
"No favorites. I don't know enough about anybody yet. So we are going to keep visiting places."
Rudolph is not wasting any time either. He is set to visit another Florida school on Sunday and will journey to another SEC school in a couple of weeks.
"Florida State tomorrow [Sunday], and Tennessee in two weeks."
He has already visited UNC, South Carolina, Kentucky and Oklahoma State. As far as a timeline for the decision, Rudolph has a rough one mapped out.
"Don't have an exact timeline, but we are definitely going to visit a few more schools that have offered," he said. "Maybe late summer and early into my senior year I'll make that decision. I want to take a few officials."null