Irish Pull Rudolph From Ohio

Notre Dame added another commitment this week as tight end Kyle Rudolph of Elder High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) called Irish head coach Charlie Weis and informed him the he would accept his scholarship offer. Rudolph is Notre Dame's fifth commitment of the 2008 recruiting class.

Kyle Rudolph will be one of the top tight ends in the country next year when the ranking come out. Rudolph had over 20 scholarship offers, but he just felt at home when he visited Notre Dame.

"Yes, I committed to coach Weis," Kyle responded when asked if he had made his college decision. "I'm going up there this weekend to watch practice. On Friday they have a practice and then we're watching scrimmage on Saturday. I'm just going to take it all in and meet some new teammates."

It was the teammates that turned Rudolph's attention in Notre Dame direction. Prior to visiting Notre Dame for the North Carolina game last fall, Kyle thought he'd end up playing at Ohio State. After the visit Rudolph found a home.

"I think it had to do with the people up at Notre Dame," Rudolph recalled of his visit last fall. "I think they're similar to the people that I've been around my entire life. I think it really reminded me of being at Elder and being in the Catholic school environment.

"My whole family is kind of Notre Dame fans also, so my parents were excited."

Notre Dame has become a big attraction for tight end recruits. Notre Dame has talent at the position, but Konrad Reuland, Will Yeatman, and Mike Ragone will be the only tight ends on the roster when he arrives on campus.

"That definitely was a plus that I'd have an opportunity to play right away," Rudolph said. "They told me that they were recruiting and had offered another tight end, but you're going to have competition anywhere you go. There will be competition and you just have to go out and earn the playing time. No matter where you go there will be people in front of you." Top Stories