Mason Rudolph Announcement Transcript

Oklahoma State gained its quarterback commitment for the 2014 class on Wednesday. That is always an important development in a class as the quarterback often becomes a ringleader in helping to recruit other members in a class. Mason Rudolph from powerhouse Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C., made his commitment to Oklahoma State known just after 11 a.m. (CDT).

The 6-5, 210-pound Rudolph chose the Cowboys primarily over LSU, but also over a group of schools that included Alabama, Georgia, Louisville, Mississippi, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Last season, 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. He can also run the ball, rushing for 475 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

Below is a transcript of his address to more than 2,700 teammates, classmates, family and friends, and other interested observers in the gymnasium at Northwestern High School on Wednesday morning.

Rudolph: Well, thank ya'll, thank ya'll for being here. This is definitely a day that I have dreamed of for as long as I've been here (at Northwestern). Thank ya'll for coming out. It means a lot. Before I make this decision I have to thank a number of people. I have to thank God first of all, for giving me the ability to play football, to play this sport that I love and that has given me the blessing of success and a great team and great coaches, a great community to play in. Football is a team sport, I know that and that is why all of my teammates are here. I couldn't have done any of this without them and they have supported me throughout my sophomore and junior years and will continue to support me through my senior year.

I thank all the past coaches and players, legends from (Cordelle) Patterson to (Justin) Worley, (Benjamin) Watson to (Jonathan) Joseph for establishing this as a national powerhouse high school. Also, I have to thank my parents and my grandparents for their support and love and the commitment to raising me in a Christian environment, my brother Logan for owning me in everything (laughter). Mr. Blake and Mrs. West for the awesome top of the line academic and athletic environment that they have made here at the school and I thank my former teachers and coaches at Westminster Catawba Christian School for helping me out my freshman year and everyone else that has helped me reach this decision.

I also thank Coach (Kyle) Richardson. He has put dude after dude at the next level. He is a ridiculous coach, like the way he, the mental side of things he's done crazy. I came here and I thought it was all physical. I maybe can do it because of (Justin) Worley, but it is completely mental, the game, the offense.

Now after saying all that this has been the hardest and one of the biggest decisions of my entire life. I can only chose one out of those three, but without further adieu, I'm going to enroll in December at the University of Oklahoma State. (loud applause)"

Question: Mason, congratulations, what was it for the Cowboys that stood out to you?
Rudolph: From Coach (Mike) Gundy, Coach (Mike) Yurcich, the awesome scheme they have out there is a great fit. In terms of the system, even though it is a freaking haul away it is going to be a great opportunity for me to get in there early and learn the offense that I've ben taught the past three years here. I think it's a good decision to play early and make a big impact on the Big 12.

Question: When you called Coach Gundy, what did he have to say?>
Rudolph: He was pumped. He was sitting with the offensive staff and they were glad to hear from me about 15 minutes ago. It's a great experience so far.

Question: Have they given you any idea where you will stack up when you enroll in December?
Rudolph: I know they don't have a freshman quarterback now, which is awesome. Most places have one, if not two, so it it is going to be a great experience. They have, I think, two senior quarterbacks and a couple of juniors. It is set up great for me to come in if I do well to see some playing time in the next one-to-two years.

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