Rudolph Won't Change His Mind

The tight ends at Notre Dame have thrived under Charlie Weis and's No. 1 ranked tight end, Kyle Rudolph will get his opportunity to shine, but right now he's looking forward to his final season at Elder High School (Cincinnati, Ohio).

During the May evaluation period you would have figured that Kyle Rudolph (6-foot-7, 235 pounds) would have been bombarded by college coaches stopping by his high school, but that wasn't the case.

"The only coaches that I saw were the coaches from Notre Dame," Rudolph responded when asked if coaches visited in May. "My coach made it clear that I was done with the recruiting process and there was no reason to come visit, because I wasn't going to change my mind.

"I talk to the Notre Dame coaches a lot. Since I started getting recruited by Notre Dame Coach Weis kind of took over my recruiting, so I talk to him. Once I committed I started talking to coach Brown a lot. When I get up to Notre Dame, I'm with coach Parmalee most and I still talk to him."

Like a number of his classmates, Kyle made the trip to Notre Dame for the spring game.

"I was up for the spring game," Rudolph said. "When I first got there on Friday I was walking into the athletic complex and a couple people walked up to me and asked me for my autograph. I told them that I wasn't on the team yet, but they asked me if I was Kyle Rudolph. I thought that was pretty cool that they knew who I was.

"Friday night I got to go to the player's meetings. They had a couple guest speakers and that was really neat.

"The atmosphere of the game was great," Kyle said. "I hung out with all the guys that are going to be in my class. I spent a lot of time with Joseph Fauria, Darius Fleming, Braxston Cave, and Sean Cwynar. I hung out with all the guys that were there. We're definitely starting to develop a strong relationship."

Like most of his classmates, Kyle is impressed with the group of players that the Irish coaches are assembling.

"I was talking to coach Brown [Wednesday] and he told me about the defensive back (Robert Blanton) that just committed. I think the coaches are doing a great job of putting the class together. Every time you get on-line there seems like there's someone new jumping on board."

"I'm going to try to get up to the camp that they have next week. It runs from Sunday to Wednesday. I know some of the guys will be up there so I'm going to try to get up there for at least one day."

Now that Kyle doesn't have school, he's starting to prepared for his senior season.

"I'm lifting three days a week and running a couple days a week," Rudolph explained. "I do the workouts that our high schools coaches provide, and I also go to a nutritionist. She basically designs our diet, and breaks down the proportions that we need to eat. Since I started, I've noticed that I have a lot more energy throughout the day and during my workouts. We have to workout at 9:00 a.m. and it doesn't seem like I'm as tired when my body has the right nutrition. I really can tell the difference." Top Stories