Florida way ahead for Rudolph

West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman receiver Travis Rudolph unexpectedly visited Florida on Saturday, after previously saying he wouldn’t.

“I wasn’t planning to visit but I had nothing else to do,” Rudolph said. “And my mom was off of work and she has been wanting to visit so we decided to go. It went good and my mom really liked the visit. She said that she really enjoyed everything and she got along really well with all of the coaches and she said she liked coach (Will) Muschamp a lot.”

Receiver play has been a question mark for the Gators for the last few seasons. On Saturday the 6-foot, 189-pound Rudolph said he saw some good things out of the receivers.

“The offense looked pretty good during the scrimmage parts,” Rudolph said. “They have a really good pro style system and I think I could fit in well. It will prepare me well for the next level. The receivers did some good things out there but I think I can come in and play early if I work hard and earn my position.”

After watching the scrimmage, Rudolph had the chance to sit down with Will Muschamp who talked to him about how he would fit in at Florida.

“He told me that he thinks that I can be a playmaker at Florida in their offense,” Rudolph said. “Coach was also talking to me about my decision and said that Florida would be a great fit for me. A degree from Florida would look great on my resume.”

After meeting with Muschamp, Rudolph also sat down with Joker Phillips who had the same message for Rudolph and told him how much he would like to coach the junior receiver.

Heading into the visit, Rudolph had Florida as his leader and following the visit not much has changed for him.

“Florida is still my leader and they are way ahead right now,” Rudolph said. “But I have only been to Florida and Miami so I want to see other campuses first. I plan to commit at the Under Armour game next year.”

Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.