Prospect Spotlight: Travis Rudolph

Cardinal Newman athlete Travis Rudolph was once a little known Miami verbal commitment, if we fast forward to the present he is now one of the most coveted prospects in the state of Florida.

Potential: Over 2,500 prospects sign National Letters of Intent and a fairly good percentage get compared to current and former players. There is a very easy comparison for Travis Rudolph and that is Rashad Greene (FSU). Rudolph is a long, natural athlete with good speed, acceleration, and he is elusive in the open field. Over 6-feet tall, Rudolph is a nice sized target that does all the little things at WR to be successful and has keen understanding of the game.

Rudolph kept Cardinal Newman in the game with plays on both sides of the ball
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On film he is consistently making yards after the catch and he did that again Friday night keeping his team in the game. Simply put he is a prospect that just makes plays and he does so consistently. Rudolph's stock improves when you consider that he could also be a high level DB recruit, particularly as a cornerback. His height, length, athleticism, and ball skills all would translate positively to that spot and he seems quite comfortable in the defensive backfield (Safety). Rudolph also brings potential as a punt returner.

Concerns: There really are not many concerns with Rudolph, all of his peripheral numbers are solid to excellent, he makes plays on Friday nights, and seems to have the mental make-up for success. He is coming from a lower level of competition and does not see high D-1 athletes very often opposite him. We would expect him to be bigger than Greene, but then again we would have expected Greene to carry a little more weight at this point in his career. If he sticks at wide receiver his hands will need to get better as he will occasionally fight the football.

Overall: It is easy to see why he is one of the few prospects in Florida with legit Big 3 offers and is being heavily pursued by all 3. Once a Miami commitment, the 'Canes seem on the outside looking in with Florida in the driver's seat. FSU is in pursuit along with out of state programs Alabama, Ohio State, and Vanderbilt. This writer loves his upside at corner, but it is more likely that he plays wide receiver at this time, particularly if he chooses UF (loaded at DB). He is a prospect that does not carry much risk and that is where a big part of his value comes from. He is going to come into a program, be ready to play, and produce.

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