Rudolph Names Early Favorite

The Buckeyes are already at work on next year's recruiting class, and one player they have shown heavy early interest in is Cincinnati Elder tight end Kyle Rudolph. The junior was in attendance for OSU's win over Minnesota.

Although the season has come to an end for junior tight end Kyle Rudolph, there will be little rest for the Cincinnati Elder prospect.

The 6-7 two-sport Rudolph finished his season Friday night with Elder High School sporting a disappointing 6-4 record, missing out on the Division I state playoffs. But as quickly as Rudolph finished football, took an unofficial visit Saturday to Ohio State, he is set to begin basketball season next week.

"I'll take a week off then get ready for basketball," he told on Sunday afternoon. "I'm looking forward to basketball season."

Rudolph hopes his football team should have a better season next year, as Rudolph says they return their quarterback, four offensive linemen and four receivers among others.

Despite his excitement about basketball, Rudolph plans to play football at the next level.

"So far Ohio State, Boston College, Virginia and Wake Forest are the written offers I have," he added of the teams recruiting him the most.

Rudolph was in Columbus Saturday afternoon to watch the Buckeyes host the Minnesota Golden Gophers. It was the second unofficial visit to Ohio State for Rudolph this fall. He also visited Ohio State for their game against Bowling Green.

In addition to a pair of trips to Columbus, Rudolph has visited Michigan and Illinois for unofficial visits.

"My experience at Michigan wasn't as good as my experience at Ohio State," he said comparing his Ohio State and Michigan visits. "When we were at Michigan I just kind of went in the recruiting room with all the other recruits, then we watched the game, we were on the field before the game and then we went to our seats. But when we were at Ohio State, I actually got to go in the hotel where all the players were staying, hang out with all the players, got to walk through the skull session (Ohio State's pre-game pep rally) and walk from the hotel to the game with the team.

"Then we went into the recruiting room with the recruits and after the game I got to talk to all the coaches and meet all of them, not just the recruiting coordinator which is what I did at Michigan," Rudolph added.

Running a 4.7 40-yard dash, Rudolph claims interest in a number of programs. The 2008 prospect reports a 3.2 GPA.

Although Rudolph has no idea what he will major in come time for college, he's trying to enjoy the process. However, he says there's a long way to go before he makes any choices.

"All of these visits were a lot of fun," he adds. "I'm not in a hurry to make a decision though."

In addition to the four scholarship offers, Rudolph names no fewer than a half-dozen schools he wants to check out.

"I like Ohio State a lot – if I had to name a favorite it's probably Ohio State," he said. "I like Michigan, Notre Dame, Virginia, Boston College, Wake Forest and Clemson. Some of those schools I haven't been able to visit because they're further away."

In addition to Rudolph's size and relative speed, he says being a basketball player helps him on the gridiron. He also thinks it makes him a more attractive prospect at tight end.

"It helps a lot with going up to get a ball whether the corner is a lot smaller than me or linebacker is shorter than me," Rudolph explains. "I get better hands – stuff like that helps me out a lot."

Rudolph expects to begin taking more visits next summer and fall. He does not have a timeframe for a decision, but added he would like to use up his official visits sometime next year.

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