Mason Rudolph (Rock Hill, SC/Northwestern HS) was one of the few QBs in the 2014 Class to pick up an LSU offer before Cam Cameron came aboard.
Since Cameron's arrival at LSU, the Tigers have offered two QBs, but Rudolph has maintained contact with the staff, and the interest appears to be mutual. This weekend, Rudolph made the 12-hour drive to Baton Rouge to continue building his relationship with Cameron and the LSU coaches.
Rudolph and his family arrived Friday afternoon and got a tour of the campus before having dinner with Les Miles and his family.
"It was great," Rudolph said. "I'd only spoken to Coach Miles a couple of times [over the phone] and I'd never met him in person. It was great to meet him and talk to him about football. That was a lot of fun."
On Saturday, he took in LSU's first scrimmage of the spring, followed by more meetings with the coaching staff, particularly Cameron.
"I had a lot of questions for Coach Cameron coming in, and he said it's going to be a little different than it was last year," Rudolph said. "He said I'm definitely a good fit for his system. I'm very excited about the opportunity so far."
Rudolph said he's spoken with Cameron over the phone about once a week since he was hired. This weekend was Rudolph's first opportunity to meet Cameron in person, and he said he came away impressed with the work he's put in at LSU in such a short amount of time.
"Coach Miles was real happy with Coach Cameron and what he's done here," Rudolph said. "He's only been here about a month, and they've made some real progress. It's a new scheme, and new terminology, but I found out a lot about him [this weekend]. I think he's the guy for me. He's definitely a good coach with a lot of experience in college and the pros."
Rudolph was able to see the early results of Cameron's effect on the LSU offense. He took in the Tigers' scrimmage on Saturday, where the passing game was in focus. Zach Mettenberger completed 20-of-30 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns, according to LSU, and Rudolph took notice.
"They looked pretty good," Rudolph said. "The quarterbacks are having a lot of stuff thrown at them. But whether it was the freshmen, or Zach Mettenberger, they all looked pretty good. It was cool getting to watch them get after it."
Though LSU signed two quarterbacks in the 2013 class, who have both already enrolled, it appears the coaching staff wants to bring in one more in 2014. Cameron's notorious for using mobile quarterbacks, and that's what he has his eye on in this class.
Though it would be a stretch to consider Rudolph a dual-threat QB, he does possess some mobility, which he is how he's kept Cameron's attention.
"They like that I can throw the ball well," Rudolph said. "I'm not a Michael Vick-type runner, but I have enough ability to move around in the pocket. Coach Cameron talked in the film room today about their offense and my offense in high school. He said he could possibly bring a couple of things from my high school, so that was good to talk about X's and O's with him."
LSU was Rudolph's first offer early in his junior season. Virginia Tech later followed suit. Rudolph has picked up a pair of offers since, from Ole Miss and Oklahoma State, which have both come in the last month.
Rudolph said he plans to check out Ole Miss in two weeks, as well as Alabama, Georgia and Vanderbilt during a Spring Break road trip.
Rudolph plans to have a decision made this summer. Though he is receiving plenty of attention, Rudolph came away very impressed with what the Tigers have to offer after this weekend.
"LSU is probably the one showing me the most interest, which is great," Rudolph said. "I don't really have any favorites or anything like that. I have those four offers, and I'm still getting interest from some other places."
Rudolph the QB for 2014?
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