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."
"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.