"I just got back from going to the beach for the Fourth of July," said Oklahoma State quarterback commitment and Northwestern High School standout Mason Rudolph of Rock Hill, S.C. "The beach was great and we had not had a big family beach trip for a while. We fished every day and I did some jet skiing.
"It was great to be with the family and good to relax some, and now it's back to work with my receivers."
While he was spending the holiday at the beach as part of a huge family gathering some of the other top high school quarterback prospects in the 2014 class were across the country in Beaverton, Ore., at the Nike World Headquarters competing in both The Opening and The Elite 11
Every night during the ESPNU telecast you would see Rudolph's name come up on a graphic as he is ranked at 162 in the ESPN Top 300. Unfortunately, those making ratings for Scout don't have Rudolph in their top 300 and they rank him at 45th for drop back quarterbacks. It's okay because Sean White of St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was the MVP at The Opening and was the top rated quarterback in The Elite 11, and Scout has him ranked 50th among drop back quarterbacks.
When speaking to us after he committed, Rudolph explained that his time was better spent in the spring making unofficial school visits so he could get his decision made and then focus on his team and teammates over the summer rather than throwing so many passes to other receivers. He admits while taking a break, he did some watching.
"We were at the beach while it was going on and I watched some online because we didn't have ESPNU at the house where we were staying," Rudolph said. "I got on the internet and watched it some.
"It seems like an awesome thing. It is something that if I wanted to do I could have. I didn't want to do it because the weekend they had the regional in Atlanta and I was invited I had a (school) visit that weekend. All that cool gear made me want to be there, but I don't have any regrets. We've been making progress and learning more with our team."
Beach time is good but the Cowboys quarterback commitment has set definite goals set for the upcoming season. His team came one offensive series or one defensive stop short of winning the South Carolina Class 4A-II state championship a year ago, losing in the title game 31-24 to Greenwood High School.
In that game, Rudolph completed 25-of-37 passing for 203 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. It's the two interceptions that bother Rudolph, and the extra time he is spending with his receivers this summer is part of the effort Rudolph hopes will provide a better ending and a championship for Northwestern.
"We have 7-on-7 tomorrow," Rudolph said coming off his trip. "We've already had a couple of tournaments. We were at the Carolina Panthers 7-on-7 and made the finals bracket but weren't the overall winner (Dorman, S.C. won). It was a big NFL event and we came in third. We had a big tournament at our school and we won that one, the Southern Classic.
"No regrets (not doing Elite 11)," Rudolph concluded. "I think it for sure this summer has been great to get timing down especially with my receivers that missed spring practice playing baseball, and we get the team 7-on-7 competition and get the extra work in and we will be able to carry that into the season. I'm also busy working out and hanging out with my friends and enjoying the last summer before going to college."
Rudolph added that his phone calls and his mail has really slowed down. He has regular phone conversations with Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich and is still really excited and happy about his decision but his real focus for now is on that senior season.