Rudock Building his Profile

Quarterbacking one of the top high school programs in the nation isn't enough for junior Jacob Rudock. Spending time on the baseball field, weight room and on the phone with college coaches, Rudock certainly has given the term 'workaholic' a new definition.

MADISON - Someday soon, Jacob Rudock will know what the word 'relaxation' is all about.

A day in the life of Rudock would be something most people would consider a typical week. After a full class load at St. Thomas Aquinas, Rudock heads straight for the baseball diamond. From there he heads to the weight room to lift with his football teammates.

Upon arriving home, Rudock gets on the phone to return phone messages from coaches (on Wednesday for example, Rudock had to get on the phone to call coaches from Colorado, Harvard, Iowa and Princeton). By the time that's done, Rudock has to cram for an exam and go to bed, repeating the process the next day.

"Life is kind of hectic," Rudock said. "I usually have to make a couple calls, so it can get a little overwhelming, but it makes you feel good inside knowing that coaches have genuine interest in me. That makes it fun."

Rudock, who led Aquinas to a 13-1 record as a junior, threw for 1,945 yards, 30 touchdowns and just five interceptions, a big reason schools were quick to jump on his bandwagon. Along with Memphis, Wisconsin and Defensive Line Coach Charlie Partridge was one of the first schools to offer Rudock.

The Badgers have had success the past two recruiting cycles grabbing players from Aquinas – Conor O'Neill and Dezmen Southward in 2009, James White in 2010 – and Rudock could see why that trio was so impressed with the Madison campus on his visit in April with his parents.

"I spent two days there and really enjoyed the facilities and got to meet every coach in the program," Rudock said. "I got to hang out with Conor a little bit. The city is actually pretty big. It's not one of those big skyscraper cities, but it's spread out pretty good. I was shocked at how big the place was because I wasn't expecting that.

"I've been talking with Coach Partridge for awhile now and have really built up a relationship. I have been going back and forth with Coach Bielema and Coach Chryst and have built a friendship."

The scholarship list for Rudock is starting to build, however. Touching base within last month, Iowa became the third school to offer the signal caller a scholarship in late April.

"They seem like a bunch of good guys and I am just trying to get my research done on them and get a feel for them," Rudock said. "Hopefully I can make a trip up there sometime over the summer. Coach Ferentz said they were impressed by my tape."

Rudock admits that Wisconsin is at the top of the list because he has been to the campus, met the coaches and has a feel for the program, but clarifies that it could change after he makes trips to Iowa and Memphis.

In addition to his three offers, Harvard, Princeton and Vanderbilt have been showing the most interest, even going so far to have coaches come down to Fort Lauderdale during the spring just to watch Rudock take batting practice.

"Coach Long from Kansas was at practice the other day watching me go through drills," Rudock said. "He came up behind me and introduced himself. I guess they want me see how I react to stuff and how I play baseball. It's a little daunting."

Transitioning from shortstop to first base so he can save his arm during the baseball season (and allow his broken nose to fully recover), Rudock is trying to not overdue it despite his busy schedule and focus on avenging a loss last season in the Florida state playoffs, wrecking the Raiders chance for three straight 5A championships.

"I think all the competition and the coaching (at St. Thomas) got me over that hump of actually being able to go to a big Division 1 schools and opened up some possibilities," Rudock said. "They want to make us better men in the long run. We're trying to get back to being on top. That's the mindset on the team."

By the time he kicks off his senior season, Rudock hopes to have already made his final college decision. Planning on going to a couple weekend Nike camps and possibly travel back to Wisconsin to do some work with Coach Chryst, Rudock is anxious for a summer where he hopes to find the definition of the word ‘relax.'


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