Oklahoma State Football: Cowboys add 3-star QB to class of '14

Oklahoma State adds stat-stuffing QB to class of '14

6/5/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   410 respect

Oklahoma State may have already found its replacement for the departed Wes Lunt, as quarterback Mason Rudolph of Northwestern High School (SC) pledged to the Cowboys Wednesday morning.Blog Photo - Oklahoma State Football: Cowboys add 3-star QB to class of '14

Rudolph committed during an announcement at his school, which was broadcast live on a local radio station—which just goes to show how big of an impact he's had on his community from on-field performances thus far.

“It’s definitely one of the hardest decisions I’ve made in my life,” Rudolph told Bret McCormick of HeraldOnline.com. “Luckily I had my family and my coaches and teachers to help me out with it, but what I think it came down to was the character of coach [Mike] Gundy and coach [Michael] Yurcich. That program was really attractive to me and I could see myself there."

Rudolph, standing at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, is a three-star prospect and the No. 24 overall Pro-Style quarterback for the class of 2014 (247Sports Composite) and the 12th-best recruit from the state of South Carolina.

He may not be the highest-rated quarterback in his class, but Rudolph is a perfect fit for Oklahoma State's stat-stuffing offensive attack and brings a lot of experience. Northwestern runs a very similar system to Mike Gundy's pass-happy spread.

Through Northwestern's Air Raid style of play, Rudolph completed 70 percent of his passes for 3,900 yards, 41 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, leading his offense to over 40 points per game. If those stats sound familiar, it's because they are—the Cowboys haven't thrown for under 4,300 yards since 2009.

What makes Rudolph a unique and interesting prospect is his surprising ability to move. Someone with his size and pocket presence usually isn't capable to find running lanes and make plays with his feet, but he has underrated athleticism and can find five or six yards on the ground every now and then.

In fact, he ran for nearly 500 yards and scored 10 times in 2012.

Rudolph also held offers from Louisville, LSU, Ole Miss, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He becomes the fifth member of Gundy's recruiting class for 2014.

Northwestern High School is known for producing an abundance of Division-1A football talent, including former Tennessee and current NFL receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, current Volunteers quarterback Justin Worley and South Carolina defensive lineman Gerald Dixon Jr., among many others.


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