Rudolph Gives The Cowboys Their Quarterback

Oklahoma State was looking to get its quarterback in the 2014 recruiting class. With the departure of Wes Lunt and the fact that Clint Chelf is a senior this upcoming season that made it even more imperative that the Cowboys got a quarterback candidate for the future. They got their guy Wednesday as Mason Rudolph of Rock Hill (Northwestern), S.C., committed to the Cowboys.

"From Coach (Mike) Gundy to Coach (Mike) Yurcich and the scheme it was all a great fit," said Rudolph in making his announcement in an assembly at Northwestern High School. "It is a freaking haul away but I can't wait to get there next January to start learning an offense that I know and I am really excited about.

"I think I will have a chance to play early," said Rudolph. "It's exciting to play in the Big 12. I'm pumped and I know when I talked to Coach Gundy he had the offensive staff in there and they were glad to hear from me and the news."

The 6-5, 210-pound Rudolph made visits to Georgia, Auburn, Mississippi, LSU, Oklahoma State, and just last weekend to Virginia Tech.

He made the trip to Stillwater on the weekend of the Cowboys spring football finale, and he certainly made an impression as he has the kind of looks and presence that says when he walks in the room that he's a quarterback.

He has the size and certainly has the athleticism that will make him successful. He has a strong arm that has proven time and time again to be difficult for opposing defenses to find a way to stop the Rock Hill passing game.

The offense at his high school is very similar to the one employed by Oklahoma State, and he developed a really good relationship with Cowboys offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich in discussing the two offenses.

In the end, it was the Cowboys and that offense and the opportunity to put up video game-like numbers that prevailed over playing in the SEC for LSU.

As a junior, Rudolph completed 69 percent of his passes (346-of-504) for 4,010 yards with 41 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. As a sophomore, he completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,619 yards with 27 touchdowns and six interceptions. As stated, he can also run the ball and had 475 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing last season.

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