Rudy Takes in another Irish Junior Day

When John Carlson leaves the Notre Dame program at the end of the 2007 season, the Irish coaching staff wants to add a player in the mold of Carlson; a player that can block top defensive ends and on the next play beat a safety downfield. If there is that type of tight end in this recruiting class, it is likely Kyle Rudolph of Elder High School (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Kyle Rudolph (6-foot-6, 225 pounds) is one of Notre Dame's top recruiting targets regardless of position and he was in town last weekend for the Notre Dame junior day. Rudolph has been to several junior days during his recruitment, but Notre Dame still made a strong impression on him.

"They were definitely run well and they were put together really well." Rudolph responded when asked about his junior day experiences at Notre Dame. "I especially liked this one. They brought in five or six players and you were able to ask them questions and get feedback from them on what it was like to go through the recruiting process and what it was like to be a football player at Notre Dame. I just thought it was really nice because you could ask them questions that the coaches couldn't really answer. It was nice to get their feedback on how they made the best of their situations.

"After that I got to talk to John Carlson. I got to talk to him about what it was like to get recruited by Notre Dame, and why he made the decision to go to Notre Dame. He talked about his decision to come back for a fifth year and why he made that decision. He said that Notre Dame was such a good situation for him that there was no reason to leave. He said he has more to learn and there is no better place to learn than there.

"He talked about his relationship with coach Parmalee and he said how coach Parmalee played in college and played in the NFL, so he coaches more like a player's coach and that he interacts with the players a lot. After that we got to break out into our different positions and Coach Parmalee showed us some film on what they do with their tight ends."

After meeting with Notre Dame's tight ends coach, Rudolph had a chance to speak with the man that is in charge of his recruitment, Notre Dame's new defensive coordinator.

"Coach Brown is recruiting this area, and I interact with him well," Rudolph said. "I think he's great for the program. He seems like he's pretty energetic and excited about the opportunity at Notre Dame. I talk to coach Polian a lot as well.

"Notre Dame told me that they wanted me to come up for spring practice, that way I'd be able to get to know some of the players. I feel that after I do that, it will be easier to make my decision."

Rudolph has received over 20 scholarship offers to date. The primary schools are Ohio State, Notre Dame, Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Boston College, North Carolina State, Miami, Wake Forest, and Akron.

Rudolph and his basketball teammates won the sectional finals on Saturday. They move to the district finals, which will be held this weekend. Once Elder finishes it's push for a state basketball championship, Kyle would like to make additional unofficial visits to Virginia and Michigan before making his decision.

"I know that I'm definitely getting closer [to a decision]," Rudolph explained. "But I haven't been able to get to them because of the distance and my basketball schedule. When basketball season is over I will be able to sit down with my coaches and my parents and make a decision."

Last season as a junior, Rudolph caught 30 passes for over 400 yards and seven touchdowns. Top Stories