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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys get commitment from South Carolina quarterback Mason Rudolph

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, Modified: June 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm •  Published: June 5, 2013

Rudolph, who sports a 6-foot-4, 217-pound frame, passed for more than 4,000 yards and 41 touchdowns as a junior and led Northwestern to the Class 4A Division II state championship game.

“It's exactly the same offense,” Rudolph said of the similarities between Northwestern's offense and OSU's. “No-huddle, fast-paced, high-tempo. I'm a pocket passer. I'm not a Michael Vick-type runner, but I've got the ability to evade the rush in the pocket and make things happen with my legs when need be. I definitely have a good enough arm to make all the throws, I'd say.”

Rudolph also comes from a football family, as his father, Brett, was a linebacker at North Carolina. And from a football town, as Rock Hill has recently produced South Carolina sack master Jadeveon Clowney and Tennessee projected starting quarterback Justin Worley.

After that first conversation with Yurcich, Rudolph continued to build a relationship with the OSU offensive coordinator. He then visited Stillwater for the first time for the Cowboys' spring finale in April, while Yurcich also made a trip to Rock Hill during the spring evaluation period. Rudolph then began to think seriously about his college decision during the past two weeks.

OSU could still be in the mix for another quarterback, as Norman North's David Cornwell is scheduled to visit Monday. But Rudolph is on board and on track to graduate in December, meaning he will be on campus to challenge J.W. Walsh and Daxx Garman for the 2014 starting quarterback job during spring practice.

And Rudolph is glad the recruiting process is, essentially, over.

“It's definitely been kind of a stressful past two weeks, something my family has been thinking about for a while,” Rudolph said. “Now that it's kind of wrapped up, I'm excited and very pumped about the opportunity at Oklahoma State.”