Update: 2008 Tight End Kyle Rudolph

With much of the recruiting focus on the Class of 2007, several top prospects for the Class of 2008 have already seen college programs take interest and make offers, one such prospect is Cincinnati Elder tight end Kyle Rudolph. Scout.com spoke with this fast rising prospect to get the latest.

When you stand 6'7 it's not surprising college coaches take notice. When you have great physical size, the ability to run a 4.7 forty and can catch the football, college football coaches really take notice. This has been the case for Cincinnati, Ohio (Elder High School) prospect Kyle Rudolph.

Playing in one of the top high school conferences in the country (GCL), Rudolph has seen his stock rise over the course of his high school career. With early offers from Ohio State, Boston College, Notre Dame, Virginia, Akron and Wake Forest, Rudolph has taken several unofficial visits. What has he seen and what is he looking for?

"I'm looking for a program that is best for me on and off the field. I just returned from Tennessee and that was lots of fun. I was able to attend a basketball game and also watch a live scrimmage while I was there so I got the chance to see what they do."

But with such early interest from some of the top programs in the country, what does he feel about what he's seen?

"I've been to three Ohio State games and they're the number one program in the country. So you've got to be impressed with what they have. Notre Dame has the number one tight end in the country in pass catches and I like how they use their tight end in their offense. Michigan uses 2-3 tight ends in their offense so that is something I've got to look at. But the main think I'm looking at is who uses their tight end for more then just a blocker."

As a two-sport athlete (basketball) Rudolph is often asked the question if he has interest in playing basketball in college.

"If I was 6'10" I'd be looking more at basketball, but at 6'7 I'm a football guy."

With all this early interest some kids get blown away from all the attention. Rudolph seems just the opposite. "It's fun to know some consider you as one of the best, but the most important thing is to find the right school. Fan's should know that I enjoy playing the game of football and give everything towards the team."

Being from Ohio and Ohio State being ranked number one, some prospects talk about pressures from family, friends or fans, but Rudolph stresses he's not really seen or heard any pressure at this time and staying local is not the most important thing to him.

With programs from most of the major conferences already on board, don't expect Rudolph to see any slowdown in his recruiting. Rudolph knows his game is not complete and plans on continuing to work on getting better.

"I feel my strengths are I run good routes and have good hands. I'm able to get position on defensive backs giving me some advantages to go up and get the ball. But I know I've got to keep getting bigger/stronger/faster and be able to block defensive ends, outside linebackers and safeties to be successful in college."

With Rudolph now in the middle of basketball, talk of recruiting has been placed on the backburner. Coming off a 3-overtime loss to rival Moeller doesn't sit well for the talented Rudolph and he knows the road ahead in the GCL is not an easy one. As for a timetable on ending his recruiting Rudolph feels at this time it's too early to tell. He's shown interest in several programs but would like to take as many visits as possible to learn more about the programs and school. While he won't rule out an early commitment he'd said it's more likely he'll wait until sometime next year before making the final call. Scout.com will continue to follow Rudolph to bring you any new news on the talented Elder Panther.


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Playing in one of the top high school conferences in the country (GCL), Rudolph has seen his stock rise over the course of his high school career. With early offers from Ohio State, Boston College, Notre Dame, Virginia, Akron and Wake Forest, Rudolph has taken several unofficial visits. What has he seen and what is he looking for?

\"I'm looking for a program that is best for me on and off the field. I just returned from Tennessee and that was lots of fun. I was able to attend a basketball game and also watch a live scrimmage while I was there so I got the chance to see what they do.\"

But with such early interest from some of the top programs in the country, what does he feel about what he's seen?

\"I've been to three Ohio State games and they're the number one program in the country. So you've got to be impressed with what they have. Notre Dame has the number one tight end in the country in pass catches and I like how they use their tight end in their offense. Michigan uses 2-3 tight ends in their offense so that is something I've got to look at. But the main think I'm looking at is who uses their tight end for more then just a blocker.\"

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\"If I was 6'10\" I'd be looking more at basketball, but at 6'7 I'm a football guy.\"

With all this early interest some kids get blown away from all the attention. Rudolph seems just the opposite. \"It's fun to know some consider you as one of the best, but the most important thing is to find the right school. Fan's should know that I enjoy playing the game of football and give everything towards the team.\"

Being from Ohio and Ohio State being ranked number one, some prospects talk about pressures from family, friends or fans, but Rudolph stresses he's not really seen or heard any pressure at this time and staying local is not the most important thing to him.

With programs from most of the major conferences already on board, don't expect Rudolph to see any slowdown in his recruiting. Rudolph knows his game is not complete and plans on continuing to work on getting better.

\"I feel my strengths are I run good routes and have good hands. I'm able to get position on defensive backs giving me some advantages to go up and get the ball. But I know I've got to keep getting bigger/stronger/faster and be able to block defensive ends, outside linebackers and safeties to be successful in college.\"

With Rudolph now in the middle of basketball, talk of recruiting has been placed on the backburner. Coming off a 3-overtime loss to rival Moeller doesn't sit well for the talented Rudolph and he knows the road ahead in the GCL is not an easy one. As for a timetable on ending his recruiting Rudolph feels at this time it's too early to tell. He's shown interest in several programs but would like to take as many visits as possible to learn more about the programs and school. While he won't rule out an early commitment he'd said it's more likely he'll wait until sometime next year before making the final call. Scout.com will continue to follow Rudolph to bring you any new news on the talented Elder Panther.

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