Walk-on Candidate Dudick Readies Decision

A year of post-graduate education has New Hampton School (N.H.) offensive lineman Dane Dudick ready to play college football. Dudick is nearing a decision as a preferred walk on and discussed a timeframe for decision and the schools in contention.

Lineman Dane Dudick has been set to walk on at Rutgers two separate times in the last year. The first time came after he graduated from high school, but a late snag in the process kept him from joining the program.

After prepping at the New Hampton School (N.H.) last semester, Dudick was ready, yet again, to walk on at Rutgers before Greg Schiano left to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Now, looking to make a decision soon, Dudick is open to a half dozen schools.

"I was ready to come to Rutgers and then Schiano left," Dudick said. "That kind of opened it up for me in recruiting and I haven't really decided yet, but I'll have a decision coming up soon."

The 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman plays on both sides of the ball, but expects to come in as a defensive player to college. Through the week, Dudick wants to visit most of the schools in contention before deciding soon, he said.

"I'm planning on going out to hopefully Pitt and also Sacred Heart [tomorrow]," Dudick said. "I'll stop by Rutgers one last time before I make my final decision."

Dudick said Maryland, Rhode Island and Temple are also possibilities for him. Set for Rutgers twice, he will visit Piscataway before making a decision.

"I kind of know Coach Flood, but I usually go through the recruiting coach up there (Tariq Ahmad)," Dudick said. "It's going to be a different experience up there for everybody. I told (Ahmad) I want to get up there and check it out. I don't want to make any judgments until I see it for myself."

The decision, Dudick said, could come as early as this weekend.

Dudick played high-school football at Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) G.A.R. and his father, Lee Dudick, played at Oklahoma.

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