Perceptions vanish on Rudinski's WSU visit

ONCE RECRUITS VISIT Washington State, once they spend a weekend on the ground in Pullman, they realize something: any preconceived ideas they might have held on WSU's college town setting, any digs they might have heard about Wazzu from other coaches recruiting them, they just don't fit. Eddie Rudinski, a three-star linebacker prospect out of Westlake Village, Calif. is just the latest example ...

“After that visit, it changed my perspective on the school. I heard a lot of negative things about the campus because it’s kind of 'in the middle of nowhere' but I enjoyed the campus a lot,” Rudinski said. The linebacker said the feel of the campus was much different than Los Angeles, but he could see himself embracing the college town vibe.

Another thing that made WSU attractive to him: the Washington State facilities. Rudinski said the renovations were one of the things that sets WSU apart from other schools.

“They’re crazy, they’re top notch for sure. They put a lot of money into it and it shows,” Rudinski said. Rudinski said he was impressed by the Cougar fans on Saturday before he got to the stadium, saying the energy and excitement resonates beyond campus. The WSU coaches also made a promising face-to-face impression on Rudinski.

“They have a really good fan base. I noticed that miles before I was even on campus. They were waving the flag down the street on game day,” Rudinski said. “I like the coaching staff and where they’re headed with the program. They’re only going to get better from here on out.”

Linebackers coach Ken Wilson along with head man Mike Leach met with Rudinski and the potential future Cougar said he really liked Wilson for his sense of humor and obvious knowledge of defense. Linebacker Peyton Pelluer hosted Rudinski and he and all the current Cougars were very welcoming.

As good as the visit was, Rudinski said he remains undecided and is still considering a lot of other schools. His decision timetable also remains undefined. Rudinski said he wants to take the rest of his five official visits, and he will likely wait until the end of the season to really get down to evaluating everything. Rudinski said he is having a better season in 2014 than he did his junior year, and also hopes to gain more offers than the 15 or so he already holds. Neither of the local Pac-12 schools, UCLA or USC, has put an offer on the table yet.

The Oaks Christian High product said he is primarily considering Washington State, Washington, Colorado, Vanderbilt (no offer) and Yale. Other offers include Colorado, Idaho, Montana, SJSU, Utah State and Wyoming. Yale offered him a roster spot and full admissions, which he said he is seriously considering.

Rudinski woulnd't pick a leader but said he has "preferences", and he did say Washington State is one of the schools he prefers. Early playing time could be a factor, though he also noted the benefits of potentially redshirting with an eye towards winning more over the long haul. He noted the youth in the Washington State secondary and he said that if he was playing early on in his college career, that probably would mean that the program is rebuilding with the new recruits.

“Obviously I’d like to play early, but I’d also like to win,” Rudinski said.

In six games this season, Rudinski has recorded 35 tackles (19 solo, four for loss). At tight end, he has 10 receptions for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns, though his best position at the next level looks to be linebacker. He played in eight games last season, with 23 total tackles, three for loss, and one interception.

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