As a junior college prospect, Ronald Rudd is looking for immediate opportunities when he steps foot on his next campus and UCLA, with its high need along the offensive line in the 2017 class, could be an ideal fit.
The 6-foot-7, 308-pound offensive tackle from Ontario (Calif.) Chaffey stopped by to meet with assistant coach Adrian Klemm last week during the Bruin Elite Camp, and told Scout.com he liked everything he heard.
"The pitch was for me to be a December grad so I could come in next January and compete for a starting spot in the spring," Rudd said. "I could come in, make an impact, and progress as a player and on my degree on my way to the next level. Talking with coach Klemm, I know I'm a high priority for them. They want to make sure this is what I want, so they're not pressuring me into making a decision.
"I got a chance to see how beautiful the school is and meet with more of the coaching staff. I met a couple players, including Paco (Perez) who has been on campus for six days and told me a few great things. He loves the school.
Rudd intends to make a college choice in October, so there are a few months for him to narrow things down in his mind. San Diego State drew an unofficial visit last month and the three-star lineman has set two official visits -- Arizona State for the last weekend of July and Washington State the first week of August.
"I would love to get back to UCLA for an official during my bye week so I can get that game atmosphere and check out the Rose Bowl," Rudd said. "I like coach Klemm a lot because he's a straight-forward guy. He knows what he's doing and he's got professionalism to him. He's got experience at the next level, so he knows what it takes to get to the league. In the last four years he has sent seven guys to the NFL, and that's a major appeal."
As a prospect, Rudd would have three years to play two.
Coach Klemm with Ronald Rudd Friday