Big first test for Rudock

Jacob Rudock's season starts this Monday on national television. The nationally ranked St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders take on Skyline from Dallas, TX. Rudock will have to be very sharp to pull out a victory. HI's Josh Harvey explains.

Iowa commitment Jacob Rudock's first game is Labor Day Monday. I'm guessing St. Thomas Aquinas would have liked to open with someone else.

The top ten nationally ranked Raiders will travel to Dallas to play in the Kirk Herbstreit Classic. Their opponent, the Skyline Raiders. A team full of D-1 talent on both sides of the ball, even though this is considered a rebuilding year. Skyline is ranked inside the Top 15 in most 5A Texas polls, after losing 11 D-1 players last season.

This is a game a player wants to see a couple games into the season, not right off the bat.

St. Thomas Aquinas did have a preseason contest last week, winning 49-0 over Coral Glades in their final tune up. Rudock saw limited action, throwing a 37-yard touchdown.

Meanwhile, Skyline took on Glades Central last weekend. The Raiders lost 6-0 to the USA No. 19 team, in the process showing their defense is pretty stout.

This will be a great first test for the future Hawkeye.

Skyline's defense is led by 5-star linebacker Anthony Wallace, who has offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Miami, along with others. They also feature nationally No. 8 safety Shannon Franklin (Texas A&M commitment), three-star defensive end Marquel Bryant (Kansas commitment), and future D-1 defensive players Peter Jinkens (Texas A&M offer) and P.J. Dawson (Colorado State offer). If Rudock isn't careful and sharp with his passes, Skyline's defense is good enough to make him pay.

The game will be featured on FoxSports Southwest. St. Thomas Aquinas is 2-0 in the classic.

"I think it's great that you can get high school games [on television] from around the country. People like that,'' stated St. Thomas Aquinas head coach George Smith to the Miami Herald. "It's opened up so much publicity for high school sports and high school kids. It's an experience you can't buy. When we get on these buses at 5 a.m. to go to the airport, you become an entity of 102 people who are solely into this deal. It's totally regimented.'' will be at the game bringing Hawkeye fans a full report if they are not able to watch it themselves.

Josh Harvey started with in 2008 and covers recruiting for SMU, Iowa, and Texas. You can also see his work on the Big 12 at
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