Former UCLA commitment Ronald Rudd picks Louisville; he's commitment No. 23 in the Class of 2017 for the Cardinals

Chaffey College offensive tackle Ronald Rudd, a former UCLA commitment, has given his verbal commitment to the University of Louisville. The 6-foot-7, 320-pound Rudd is commitment No. 23 in the '17 class for the Cardinals.

Ronald Rudd is on the board with the Louisville Cardinals.

Two days after de-committimg from UCLA, the 6-foot-7, 320-pound Rudd picked Louisville over Arizona State after a recent visit to both campuses. Rudd is a three-star offensive tackle from Chaffey College in Ontario, Calif.

"It was the best fit for me," Rudd said. "I loved everything about it at Louisville.

"I loved the coaching staff, the offensive scheme, the facilities. I just loved it all. I think I can be very successful in that style."

Rudd said the U of L staff made it clear to him the Cardinals need some immediate help on the offensive line. The Cardinals will lose three seniors off the line from this season.

"They said I can come in and compete right away," Rudd said. "I think I can come in and play at tackle. It's a good spot for me and they said that I can come in and help protect Lamar (Jackson)."

Jackson won the Heisman Trophy over the weekend and will be the Cardinals' quarterback next season. Rudd said that was just "a small factor" in his decision but noted it did play into the final call.

"That was a pretty cool (recruiting) pitch," Rudd said with a laugh. "It's not often you get to protect a Heisman."

Rudd was hoping to be a mid-year signee and participate in spring ball but said he has a class at Chaffey to complete and won't arrive in Louisville until the first semester of summer school.

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