Irish offer fast-rising pass rusher

Four-star Logan Rudolph of Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern calls yesterday’s offer from Notre Dame a “huge blessing” in his recruitment that already had top options.

Notre Dame offered four-star prospect Logan Rudolph on Tuesday evening.

“Earlier this afternoon I messaged with the Director of Player Personnel, and he told me that Notre Dame was interested,” Rudolph said. “I called coach (Autry) Denson earlier in the afternoon and we talked about the basics. He gave me insight into the program and where it’s headed. Then he told me to call him again later that night with my family, and that’s when he offered.”

The Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern defensive end/outside linebacker spoke highly of Notre Dame and is eager to learn more.

“It’s obviously a huge blessing,” Rudolph said. “There’s obviously a lot of history. There are so many good players that have come through Notre Dame. Of course, there’s the movie ‘Rudy’ and all of that. You can’t beat their academics. It’s a huge opportunity and Notre Dame will give me a lot to think about.”

Rudolph says Notre Dame views him as an outside linebacker rushing off the edge. Junior year marked the 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect’s first time playing defense.

“But all 30 of my offers are for defense and not tight end,” Rudolph said. “I have a really good motor and I go really hard. I’m relentless in my pass rush, and I like that on defense you can play pissed off. I would say my quickness off the line is another one of my strengths.

“Notre Dame likes me as an outside linebacker, which is perfect for me. There’s a lot of rushing the passer.”

Rudolph isn’t listing favorites, but he named Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and South Carolina as the programs recruiting him the hardest.

“We’ve thought about my timeline,” Rudolph said. “We are thinking about taking my official visits early in the fall of my senior year or going ahead and making a decision late this summer.”

Rudolph will visit Florida, Florida State and Tennessee in upcoming weeks. Notre Dame could also receive a visit this spring. The Gators, Seminoles and Volunteers have already offers, along with Auburn, Michigan, Miami Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina and USC.

“Since I was just offered, my dad and I haven’t really had time to talk about scheduling a Notre Dame visit,” Rudolph said. “But I would like to visit there this spring or summer.”

Rudolph’s brother, Mason Rudolph, was the starting quarterback for Oklahoma State last season as a sophomore. His father, Brett Rudolph, played linebacker for North Carolina in the 1980s. The Cowboys and Tar Heels have both offered.

“My dad played at North Carolina, but we didn’t grow up UNC fans,” Rudolph said. “I’m not really a fan of any team. I’m just trying to find the best school for me.”


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