In the May edition of Ohio High magazine, we counted down the top 112 prospects in Ohio high school football for the Class of 2008. These are players who will be seniors in the upcoming school year.
We continue the top-10 countdown today with No. 4, Elder TE Kyle Rudolph.
We will provide an updated top 30 in the July issue, which is due out by July 1.
Then, we will have a completely revamped top 100 (or top 112 if warranted) with bios, summer camp performances, offers, verbals and more in the September issue, which is due out by Sept. 1.
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Here is a look at No. 4, Kyle Rudolph:
4. ***** Kyle Rudolph (6-7, 220, TE; Cincinnati Elder)
One question I get asked all the time by fans is why college coaching staffs are always asking for more tape. Many think it is a stalling tactic and in some cases that may be true but for the most part it is about wanting to get as good an assessment on a player as possible.
A case in point is Ohio State’s Anthony Gonzalez. I had him rated down my list a bit. Ted Ginn Sr. told me I had him too low. Another Clevelander whose opinion I respect told me the same thing. I had seen two games and he did not really leap out at me as an elite player. Now he is looking at an NFL career. The same thing almost happened with Rudolph.
What I saw from him early on had me scratching my head about the top twenty programs that offered him so early. Late in my evaluation process I saw more of Rudolph and could not have been more impressed. He has a complete game. He makes the classic tight end plays with the short stuff over the middle, the button hooks and quick outs but he also can go down the field like a big receiver.
He creates the classic mismatches that everyone is looking for in a tight end. He is too fast and athletic for a linebacker to cover and is just too big for a safety. He has great hands and I can see why he is such a good basketball player. He is an explosive leaper. What completes his game is the blocking. I think the top tight ends in this class are all excellent athletes and receivers but Rudolph is such a great blocker. As a junior, Rudolph caught 32 passes for 400 yards and seven touchdowns.
On March 27, Rudolph gave Notre Dame a verbal. He also had offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Miami (Fla.), Virginia and Boston College.
Here is a look at the previous installments in this series:
Ohio prospects who want to submit their video to ScoutingOhio.com, you may contact Mark Porter via e-mail at FootballCMS@aol.com for more details on how to contribute video. Or you can send tapes to:
P.O. Box 1046
Canfield, Ohio 44406