In a somewhat recent fad, many top recruits are making their commitments at All-American games such as the Under Armour All-America Game or the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Several elite prospects made their commitments at the UA game on ESPN, including four-star WR Travis Rudolph.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver chose Florida State, becoming the third player at the UAAAG to commit to FSU this week, following RB Dalvin Cook and DE Lorenzo Featherston. There are also three other FSU commits at the game: LB Kain Daub, LB Jacob Pugh and DT Dexter Wideman. FSU now has 29 commitments.
Rudolph, out of West Palm Beach (Fl.) Cardinal Newman, went LeBron in his decision, saying he was "taking his talents to Tallahassee."
“When I first landed on campus, I just felt like it was the place to be,” Rudolph said on TV. “I prayed on it and did my homework on it, and that’s where I wanted to be.”
His other finalists were Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Miami. Rudolph actually committed to Miami in June 2012, but decommitted in March 2013. There were rumors that Rudolph might've been leaning toward Alabama, and even Rivals' Mike Farrell thought it would be Roll Tide.
But once Rudolph popped for FSU, Farrell had this to say about the decision.
Love Travis Rudolph, kid has been awesome all week long. #FSU getting a difference maker.— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) January 2, 2014
At the UAAAG, Rudolph led Team Highlight with four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown.
Rudolph is the No. 7 WR, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He joins C.J. Worton and JoJo Robinson as the wide receiver commits for Florida State. They must be salivating over the prospect of getting passes from Heisman winner Jameis Winston next year. Kenny Shaw is a senior, and there is the possibility of Rashad Greene and/or Kelvin Benjamin heading to the NFL as well, so there could definitely be early playing time available.
You can watch highlights of Rudolph below.