Mason Rudolf, standing 6’4 and weighing 217lbs is a quarterback from Rock Hill, SC (Northwestern HS). Rudolf is rated by many as a 3 star prospect on a 5 star scale. Rudolph has received offers from the likes of LSU, Va. Tech and Louisville just to name a few. Rudolph never thought he would even consider going to Stillwater after OC Mike Yurcich contacted Rudolph via Facebook. Rudolph was happy that he is getting noticed out west but never dreamed he would actually be interested.
Rudolph took his visit to Stillwater during the Pokes’ spring game. After getting to see how Stillwater does business, the Oklahoma State campus, football facilities and meeting with all of the coaches and players his mind began to buy into the idea of him being the future QB in Stillwater for the Pokes. Not to mention the Air Raid offense that Oklahoma State has and are rather good at is the same offense Mason Rudolph knows like the back of his hand. The same offense that allowed Rudolph to pass for 3940 yards with 41 TDs and only 7 interceptions in 2012.
The offense fits. Yurcich as Rudolph’s OC makes even more sense. For Stillwater, almost everybody is loving this commitment.
The 2013 season is less than 3 months away, so let’s not write off J.W. Walsh. However, with only 2 seasons left of eligibility for Walsh after this season it makes sense to be excited about Rudolph being a potential 3 year starter. Now, that would depend on if Rudolph red-shirted his Freshman year or not. Then again, Rudolph could come in, beat out Walsh in spring ball next year and be potentially a 4 year starter. You have to wonder though, with what happened with Wes Lunt if Gundy will do more than entertain the idea halfheartedly.
The Pokes, under Mike Gundy have earned themselves the right to be mentioned with the likes of Texas and OU each season as a favorite for the Big 12 championship. Gundy will continue recruiting underrated talent and using his tools and coaching staff to upgrade each of these players once they arrive on campus. They will play Oklahoma State football and not the player’s type of football. That is why Gundy has done such a great job. He has recruited guys who will buy-in to the system wholeheartedly. It just so happens, Mason Rudolph is the product of the system already in place. For many of us college football fans it seems like a match made in college football heaven.