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West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman wide receiver Travis Rudolph took his fourth official visit to Auburn last weekend. Rudolph was in Jordan-Hare Stadium for the game of the year in the SEC as the Tigers shocked Georgia on a 73-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis.
"It was crazy there," stated Rudolph. "The ending was wild. It was just a good game to be involved with. I liked the environment and everything about the trip. It compared to other trips I've been on this year."
The Tigers turnaround this season is the talk of the SEC and some areas of college football from a national perspective. Rudolph said the coaching staff has made a difference.
"I got a chance to bond with Coach (Dameyune) Craig on my visit," noted the four-star prospect. "He has always been real cool with me. I got to spend time with Coach (Gus Malzahn) and Coach (Rhett) Lashlee. They know what they are doing on offense. Most people just say they are a running team, but they're not. I watched their game against Texas A&M and they had more passing yards than rushing yards. They run the same offense I run here at my school and I feel I can fit in perfectly there."
This fall the Rivals100 presented by Under Armour flanker has visited Florida State, Ohio State, and Tennessee and he said everyone remains even despite rumors that he is a silent commit to the 'Noles.
"If I told the coaches I was coming I would just go ahead and put it out there," remarked Rudolph. "I'm planning to make my decision in January at the Under Armour All-American game."
Rudolph will take his final official visit to Alabama on December 13. When asked if it's better or worse to visit without attending a game, he responded, "I already know how it gets at big stadiums, so it's not a big deal there isn't a game. It's more like an unofficial where you get to see the campus and hang out with players."
The Tide continue to roll on the field and on the recruiting trail. Last week, they landed the No. 1 rated player in the Rivals100 when Da'Shawn Hand pledged to Alabama on the NBC Sports Network program The Sports Dash with Yahoo! Sports. Rudolph said he saw the announcement and feels it would be a great thing to play with the best of the best.
"I always liked Alabama growing up," reported Rudolph. "I would love to be on a team with great players like Alabama. They are the top dogs. Yet, they grind and work like they are sorriest team in the country. I like that about them. Alabama's a great program and Coach (Nick) Saban and the rest of the staff know what they're doing. I have a good relationship with Coach (Bobby) Williams. He said he can't to get me there for a visit."
During his senior campaign, Rudolph has caught 57 passes for 1,165 yards and 15 touchdowns while leading his team to an 8-3 record. Rudolph and company will host Palmetto (Fla.) Westminster Christian on Friday in the Region Finals of the Class 3A playoffs.
Kynon Codrington is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.