AS THE DEAD PERIOD looms, you get the sense the recruiting music that’s been playing long and loud since way back in February is beginning to stop for many prospects. Linebacker Eddie Rudinski out of Westlake Village, Calif., officially visited Washington State way back in early October. He became the second known verbal commit to Washington State on Saturday night.
Oaks Christian High’s Rudinski
, rated the No. 106 prep linebacker prospect overall by Scout.com, verbally committed to WSU on Saturday, along with visiting DL Hunter Mattox
, a prep source with knowledge of the situation told Cougfan.com.
Rudinski’s Scout.com page lists offers from three Pac-12 schools this recruiting cycle: Washington State, Washington and Colorado and double-digit offers including a host of schools outside the Power 5 conferences, (such as Yale).
Rudinski is listed at 6-2, 215-pounds and his senior tape shows a quick ‘backer with good lateral movement and backside pursuit speed – a guy who can cover a lot of turf. He posted 59 tackles as a senior (38 solo) and two sacks on an Oaks Christian team that went 5-5. He also lined up in the slot, at H-back and tight end on offense his senior year.
"Eddie is an athletic outside 'backer who can really run and hit," Scout.com National Analyst Greg Biggins
told CF.C on Saturday. "He's an explosive player who is very good in space, can drop into coverage and strong on the blitz. He's a physical kid who loves contact and plays with an edge to him. He's also a quality tight end, showing good hands and speed -- but his future is definitely on the defensive side of the ball."
“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 told Cougfan.com after his WSU trip in October.
He is a three-star prospect on Scout.com and the No. 19 outside linebacker prospect in the West.
The rankings will fluctuate wildly between now and Signing Day but at this moment, WSU’s class is ranked No. 38 nationally. One note about the rankings: WSU will count Kyrin Priester among its 25 initials, who is transferring to WSU next year from Clemson. The Cougs effectively get docked a commit rankings-wise as Scout.com does not count transfers in the rankings (and because there is no more oversigning) so WSU’s ranking on Scout.com is based on 24 prospects.
Rudinski becomes the 19th known verbal commit to WSU this class, joining DL Hunter Mattox, OT Davis Perrott, DE Jonah Moi, DE Jeremiah Mitchell, CB Treshon Broughton, WR Kyrin Priester, OT Austin Maihen, OG Noah Myers, K Matt Abramo, OT Cedric Bigge-Duren, WR Deontay Burnett, CB Darrien Molton, LB Aaron Porter, RB James Williams, S Kameron Powell, QB Tyler Hilinski and DT Thomas Toki.
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