Rudolph: 'FSU is my best opportunity'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Four-star wide receiver Travis Rudolph of West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman called joining Florida State's recruiting class a "blessing." He spoke with Scout.com after a standout performance at the Under Armour All-American Game.

Florida State added a key piece to its 2014 recruiting haul when four-star wide receiver Travis Rudolph of West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman announced he was going to be a Seminole on national television during the second quarter of the Under Armour All-America game.

Rudolph, a former Miami commit, choose Florida State over runner-up Alabama and other contenders Auburn, Florida and Miami.

"The main reason why I picked Florida State is because it's the best opportunity for me and preparing myself for the future," Rudolph said. "When I took my official visit [to Florida State], they were the most genuine, well (all schools were) genuine, but I could see myself (at Florida State) for the next four or five years."

Asked when he notified the Florida State staff of his decision, Rudolph said he had yet to speak with them.

"They probably saw it on television," Rudolph said. "I haven't talked with them yet about it."

Rudolph's final official visit was to Alabama in December. He named Alabama his leader shortly thereafter.

"That wasn't a final thing when I said Alabama was my leader," Rudolph said.

Rudolph was one of the top performers of the Under Armour All-America practices was four-star wide receiver Travis Rudolph of West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman. Rudolph was named as one of the top five offensive performers each day for Team Highlight by Scout.com.

He joins five-star running back Dalvin Cook and three-star defensive end Lorenzo Featherston as recruits to pledge Florida State this week.

"Really it's a blessing to have this opportunity," Rudolph said. "God Bless all the schools that gave me this opportunity."

Rudolph finished with four catches for 48 yards and one touchdown in the Under Armour game.

"That gives me a lot of confidence," Rudolph said. "It shows me I'm one of the elite players out there."


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