Rudock Makes the Tough Call

St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback Jacob Rudock was pleased that his final two schools were Iowa and Wisconsin. He wasn't pleased with how difficult the decision turned out to be.

MADISON - A visit to the Midwest over Father's Day weekend helped St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback Jacob Rudock narrow his impressive six-school scholarship list down to two. Many restless nights didn't help much at all.

Deciding between Iowa and Wisconsin, Rudock eventually made what his father called the hardest decision their family has ever gone through. Through coin flips and weighing all the pros of each school, the Hawkeyes picked up their eighth verbal commit, not to mention their third Tuesday.

"I guess Iowa felt a little bit better because it was a little smaller school," said Rudock's father, Robert. "It was a coin flip. He kept going back and forth and back and forth."

"The two programs are very close and the program's coaches are close together. The programs are similar. They do similar things. We had great relationship with both staffs."

Rudock led Aquinas to a 13-1 record as a junior, threw for 1,945 yards, 30 touchdowns and just five interceptions, making him the top quarterback on many school's recruiting board.

One of only two quarterbacks Wisconsin had offered thus far in the 2011 cycle, Rudock worked with UW Offensive Coordinator Paul Chryst and UW tight end verbal commits Sam Arneson and Austin Maly for two days last week, further complicating his decision.

"All the coaches – Coach Bielema, Coach Chryst, Coach Partridge, everybody – are all great guys," Robert Rudock said. "We are still trying to get over it to tell you the truth. It's going to linger for awhile because we spent a lot of time with those guys. It's very difficult because of that relationship we built with those guys." will check in with Jacob later this afternoon.

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