It Starts With The Quarterback

I am very careful and I try not to overhype prospects. It's tough because you never want to set up a young player for failure. I have been saying since I first watched tape on Mason Rudolph, the 6-4 1/2, 220-pound quarterback out of Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C., that he is the best quarterback in this 2014 recruiting class.

I have seen plenty of his throwing style and his decision making. The reason that I liked him so much was his interception to touchdown ratio. This season Rudolph completed 350 of 482 passes for 4,377 yards with 64 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.

Rudolph did not showcase himself in the Nike Combines and the Elite 11 tryouts. Instead, he stayed at home and worked with his own receivers to prepare for their 16-0 record and state championship. He did graduate early and is on campus where he signed his paperwork Wednesday.

"That is something that I have been looking forward to since I first committed," Rudolph said in an interview in December before arriving on campus. "It is going to be a great advantage to myself to do it and try to get acclimated with the offense and the program.

"The year went by for me extremely quick and it has been a crazy time with the whole recruiting process from naming my school to the season and winning the state championship. I am really looking forward to my time in Stillwater."

How good do I feel about Mason Rudolph? I stand by my earlier assessment of his talent ... I think Rudolph is the best quarterback in the 2014 recruiting class. I mean the entire class, coast to coast.

I have said that, if I were Mike Gundy or Mike Yurcich, I would not trade quarterback recruits with any school in the country

"We feel great about Mason and were able to win a quarterback in him that really brings all of the characteristics you want to see in a quarterback, all of the intangibles," Yurcich said in an OSU release.

"He's got tremendous statistics to back that up. He was coached by Kyle Richardson over at Northwestern High School in South Carolina. Coach Richardson runs a very similar system to what we do here at Oklahoma State. Mason's very familiar with that offense and feels comfortable throwing the ball down the field and gets it out really well. He spins the ball tremendously. On top of all the physical skills that Mason has he is a tremendous leader as well."

I know some Oklahoma State fans may be skiddish about young quarterbacks. I'm also not saying I want to see Rudolph start game one next season against defending national champion Florida State. I would like to see J.W. Walsh and Rudolph in a two-quarterback system. For those that want to, we can argue that at a later date.

But I am convinced that Rudolph is prepared, physically and mentally, to play on the Division I stage.

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