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West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman wide receiver Travis Rudolph is finally done with official visits and he will announce at the Under Armour All-American Game on Thursday, January 2. Rudolph took his final official visit to Alabama on December 13 and according to the standout pass-catcher the trip surpassed his expectations.
"The trip was amazing," recalled Rudolph. "I got a chance to hang out with the players and Coach (Nick) Saban. I got a real good vibe from Coach Saban. O.J. Howard was my host. He was real cool and we got along well. The vibe I got from Alabama was opportunity. A lot of people say don't go there they recruit the best players and you won't play. They are losing Kevin Norwood and next year they are losing more receivers. There is an opportunity there and I like that."
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The four-star split end said seeing the completed facilities really impressed him in addition to spending time at Coach Saban's house.
"On Sunday we spent time at his house, it was a real nice house," chuckled Rudolph. "We had breakfast there and hung out. He is just a real good coach. I love Coach Saban."
Rudolph said it was a big difference being on campus without a game being played because he got to spend more one-on-one time with the coaches and players. One coach he got a chance to catch up with was South Florida native, Mario Cristobal.
"Coach Cristobal loves me," noted Rudolph. "He said I'm one of those elite South Florida players that can come in and make an impact on the program."
When asked to rate his visit?
He replied, "Close to a 10. I can't say it was a 10, but it was a 9.5. Everything was great. Heading into the visit I probably had them at No. 3, but shoot you can say they are No. 1 right now."
Rudolph said his top five consists of the Crimson Tide, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, and Miami with Tennessee on the outside looking in. The Rivals100 prospect has eliminated Ohio State from his list of potential suitors.
His head coach Steve Walsh will be in Orlando with Rudolph serving as a coach in the all-star event. Walsh played at Miami and spent ten seasons in the NFL with five different teams.
As a senior, he snagged 63 passes for 1,237 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Kynon Codrington is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.