Despite eye-popping numbers in an area known recently for producing Division I talent, Oklahoma State quarterback commitment Mason Rudolph has been a bit overshadowed during the recruiting process, holding a three-star ranking by Rivals and Scout.
That changed this week, when Rudolph was bumped up to a four-star prospect on Rivals and moved into the service’s top 250 overall prospects at No. 196.
Rudolph completed 72 percent of his passes as a senior and accounted for 80 total touchdowns while leading Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern to a Class 4A Division II state championship and a No. 7 national ranking in USA Today’s final high school poll. He has already enrolled at OSU and is expected to compete right away for the starting job vacated by Clint Chelf.
When asked about Rudolph flying under the recruiting radar, Northwestern coach Kyle Richardson attributed it to Rudolph not being interested in the camp scene and also having to fight the “system quarterback” stigma. The system Rudolph ran at Northwestern, the Air Raid spread, will be the same one he runs at OSU.
Rudolph is still rated a three-star prospect by Scout.
Broken Arrow linebacker Gyasi Akem (No. 157) and Houston Alief Taylor receiver Keenan Brown (No. 221) are the other Cowboy commitments in the Rivals 250. Two of OSU’s biggest remaining targets — Jenks safety Steven Parker and John Curtis (River Ridge, La.) linebacker Kenny Young — are rated 53rd and 95th, respectively.