Ronald Rudd's move from high school defensive end to junior college offensive tackle appears to be paying big dividends.
A 6-foot-7, 315-pound left tackle at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamongo, Calif., Rudd has seen his recruiting skyrocket recently following his successful freshman season.
“In high school I was recruited by UCLA, San Diego State, Alabama as a defensive end,” Rudd told Scout.com. I didn’t meet my entrance requirements in Algebra 2. I was being recruited by many junior colleges and when I took my visit to Chaffey I fell in love with the program and felt at home. I was going to play defense, but the coaching staff and the offensive line coach (Kiyoshi) Harris thought my best move would be to move to left tackle because I had the body size for it and the athleticism. This was my first year playing left tackle.”
The offensive lineman called his first offer, last week from Mizzou, a blessing.
“It was unreal,” Rudd said. “I just felt lucky. I felt truly happy.”
How did Missouri get involved?
“(Missouri offensive line coach) Glen Elarbee had watched my film and he called me and told me they watched my film as a staff and they loved it,” Rudd said.
More offers have followed for Rudd, who will play his sophomore season at Chaffey College this fall and then have three years to play two at a Division I school.
Rudd said he was 6-5, 260-pounder as a defensive end in high school. Now 6-7, 315, he figures to be an attractive prospect for schools looking to beef up their offensive line.
Rudd didn’t play left tackle until he arrived at Chaffey and credits Panthers offensive line coach Kiyoshi Harris with working on him on his footwork and Chaffey strength and conditioning coach Phil Roberts for helping him get bigger and stronger.
Asked to describe his strengths and weaknesses, Rudd said, “I think my strengths are pass blocking on the edge and turning back on the inside moves quickly and stopping them from penetrating. I need to work on more of securing the edge on my run blocks on the right side when I pull to the right side.”
The California native said he is looking to major in kinesiology at whatever school he ends up at and isn’t concerned with staying in his home state or even on the West Coast. He’s looking for a school that feels like the right fit and where he can contribute to wins.