Cali Linebacker Expecting Vandy Offer

Eddie Rudinski may very well be on the verge of his first SEC offer which could come from Vanderbilt. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker plays at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, Calif. He's accumulated nine offers so far in his recruiting journey but several schools are close to getting in the mix after the spring evaluation period.

"I think that Vanderbilt should offer soon," Rudinski told "Coach Marc Lubick came by the school to watch a workout. He said to my head coach, 'that kid is athletic and we need o have him on our board'. I've been in touch with him ever since. When I talked to him on the phone he said he thought I was the top linebacker in my area and that he's excited to recruit me. He said that the reason they're slow to recruiting me is that it's a new staff.

"Vanderbilt is a school I'm high on because of their academic standards and the chance to compete against the kind of athletes they have in the SEC. Nashville's a good college town. They have a Friday Night Lights camp on June 13th that I'm going to try to attend."

Rudinski said that Auburn is also showing a lot of interest and may be close to offering as well. His current offers are from Cal Poly, Colorado, Idaho, Montana State, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah State, and Washington.

"Most coaches see me as a natural hitter," Rudinski said. "I'm fast and cove in space which is becoming more of a requirement for linebackers in college football and I have the prototypical size they look for. I'm being recruited at outside linebacker but I could put on some weight and move inside to the MIKE position. I'm willing to do whatever the coaches need me to do.

"I'd be open to going to SEC territory for school. I'm still pretty open but Washington and Yale are my top two. I'm looking for a school with great academics, athletics, and networking possibilities. What can the school offer after graduation? Do they have a strong alumni that can help me attain a good job?"

Rudinski said the Lions should have at least D-1 players in this year's senior class including Reno Rosene, who recently committed to Duke. They'll begin the 2014 season on the road with a nationally televised game against Bakersfield.

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