Northwestern quarterback Mason Rudolph confirmed on Twitter that he will make his college commitment Wednesday around noon. The rising senior will choose between LSU, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State.
Rudolphs stock soared after an excellent 2012 fall when he completed 68 percent of his 504 pass attempts for 41 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, while racking up 3,990 passing yards. All of those numbers were huge jumps from his first season as Northwesterns starter under center, his sophomore year. Behind Rudolph, the 12-3 Trojans reached the Class AAAA-DII state final last December, before falling in overtime to Greenwood.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound signal caller has some mouth-watering options in front of him. Oklahoma State is one of the spiritual homes of the Air Raid offense, which Rudolph has run the last two years at Northwestern under coach Kyle Richardson; LSU is, well, LSU, a Southeastern Conference power never far from the national title race whose offensive coaching staff has been very aggressive in visiting Rock Hill; and Virginia Tech offers a chance to play closer to home in the Atlantic Coast Conference under a legendary head coach, Frank Beamer. Rudolph took his final visit last weekend to Blacksburg.
Rudolphs other offers came from Ole Miss, Virginia and Louisville. He had interest from North Carolina, where his dad played, Alabama and a slew of other schools, though neither South Carolina nor Clemson seriously got involved.
By committing before the summer, Rudolph will be able to attend football camp at whichever school he selects, enabling him to build a rapport with the coaching staff and develop a familiarity with the program, the school and the campus.
Be sure and follow @RHHerald_Preps on Twitter for updates Wednesday.
No ESPN game for Trojans this fall
Northwestern athletic director Lauren West noted in an email that it appears unlikely the school will be playing on ESPN networks this fall. The Trojans non-region schedule is perhaps the toughest in the state, with Gaffney, Charlotte Catholic and Brynes all visiting District 3 Stadium in the first four weeks of the 2013 high school football season.
White said that Paragon Marketing, a company that promotes games for ESPN, floated the idea of moving the Gaffney game to Byrnes for a Week Zero doubleheader that would have possibly been televised, but that would have cost the Trojan athletic program an undoubtedly very healthy home gate at District 3 Stadium. Northwestern declined the offer.
Final SCAAA standings released
The South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association (SCAAA) released its final 2012-13 rankings Tuesday and three area schools finished in the top-10 in their respective classes. Lewisville placed eighth in the state in Class A, Indian Land also finished in eighth place in Class AA and Fort Mill was ninth in Class AAAA. The standings are tallied on schools cumulative success in all sports. 2012-13 Directors Cup Winners were Lexington (Class AAAA), Hilton Head (AAA), Bishop England (AA) and St. Josephs (A).
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