Travis Rudolph: Cardinal Newman wide receiver chooses Florida State University
Ken LaVicka ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
10:44 AM, Feb 5, 2014
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Chalk one up for the Seminoles.
Cardinal Newman four-star wide receiver Travis Rudolph made it official on Wednesday. He's headed to Florida State.
Rudolph, a 6-1, 185 lb. speedster, picked the defending national champs over Florida, Alabama, Auburn, and Ohio State. He stayed firm on a commitment he made at the Under Armor All-American on January 2nd in St. Petersburg.
"Just to have this opportunity was a blessing and to finally get it over with feels great," Rudolph said.
Ranked No. 3 on the ESPN 106.3 Top 63 Seniors List, Rudolph was the third highest rated player in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast according to ESPN, right behind Dwyer WR Johnnie Dixon (Ohio State) and Palm Beach Central offensive lineman Kc McDermott (Miami). He held over 30 Division 1 offers before whittling down his options and eventually pledging to Jimbo Fisher, holding on to that commitment despite an in-person visit from UF coach Will Muschamp last week.
"There were second thoughts, but by the end of the day, I prayed on that decision [FSU] and God gave me the answer to choose Florida State," Rudolph said.
Rudolph won the Lou Groza Award High School Football Player of the Year award in December after posting more than 1,200 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior, helping lead Newman to a district title and a second round playoff appearance.
He was originally committed to Al Golden and Miami early in his high school career but backed away in August of 2012 due to a desire to continue to explore his options.