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Penn State target Tyler Rudolph schedules commitment
Earlier this spring, 4-star defensive back Tyler Rudolph expressed plans to finalize his collegiate recruitment sometime in June. The St. Thomas More (Oakdale, Conn.) High School junior has advanced that timeline and now intends to announce a commitment Monday.
Rudolph tweeted details Tuesday night regarding his decision. He will publicly pledge to the program of his choice at 6 p.m. ET during a ceremony in the St. Thomas More gymnasium.
Last month, Rudolph released a top-five list featuring Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. Only the Nittany Lions have welcomed him to campus for an official visit — that occurred April 20-22 — though he did attend Clemson’s spring game one week earlier.
Rudolph expressed a personal connection to Penn State shortly before he returned to Happy Valley for the Blue-White weekend.
“With them it just feels like a family,” he told Land of 10. “The amount of love they show is crazy.”
Listed 22nd nationally among safety prospects in 247Sports 2019 composite rankings, Rudolph has flashed the versatility to fill several roles in the defensive secondary. He claims more than 20 scholarship offers. Penn State entered this pursuit on Nov. 18, 2017, when he attended the Nittany Lions’ game vs. Nebraska.
His top-five list didn’t scare off other coaching staffs. Nebraska, Tennessee and Wisconsin have offered since that announcement.
Rudolph previously shared official visit plans to Florida during the first week of June, while Michigan seemingly was in line to host him next month. If he picks Penn State, don’t expect those trips to happen.
“I will be shutting things down [after my commitment],” Rudolph told Land of 10 on Wednesday.
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Members of the Nittany Lions staff journeyed to New England on Tuesday, according to St. Thomas More coach Jeff Moore. Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry and cornerbacks coach Terry Smith visited the school, which is also home to lauded 2020 defensive tackle recruit Tre Williams.
Along with potentially impacting Penn State’s relationship with Williams, a pledge from Rudolph could create a new wrinkle in the recruitment of fellow 4-star Connecticut defensive back Marquis Wilson. Close friends, both athletes have discussed a desire to potentially play together at the next level.
They used official visits at Penn State on the same weekend. Wilson aims to make his decision this summer, though no firm date is set.
Rudolph will declare his commitment soon after Penn State learns its fate with 5-star linebacker Brandon Smith, who scheduled an announcement for 5 p.m. Monday at Louisa County (Mineral, Va.) High School. The Nittany Lions carry one defensive commitment in the 2019 recruiting class: State College cornerback Keaton Ellis.
Watch Rudolph’s 2017 highlights here:
DB Lewis Cine will use official visit in Happy Valley
Staying on the subject of standout defensive recruits, Lewis Cine is preparing for a busy June. The No. 3 safety in 2019 composite rankings plans to use three official visits, with a return trip to Penn State set for June 8.
Cine confirmed his travel itinerary with Land of 10 on Wednesday and a commitment is expected before the season. Official visit details were first reported by 247Sports’ Sean Fitz.
Cine, who transferred from Everett (Mass.) High School to Trinity Christian (Cedar Hill, Texas) High School this offseason, will follow his journey to State College with official visits to Texas (June 15) and Michigan (June 22). He carries about 40 offers, with Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma among other notable suitors.
Penn State has been in good shape with the 6-2, 180-pound prospect since extending an offer last summer. Cine said he was “blown away” by a visit in mid-July, which helped lead to an offer on Aug. 2. The only college game he attended last season occurred in Beaver Stadium.
He attended Penn State’s victory over Indiana the final weekend of September. Though his proximity to campus has dramatically changed since that experience, it may have long-lasting implications.
“That one game made a big impression. I was not expecting all of that,” Cine told Land of 10 in January. “The crowd was so live, the stadium was bigger than I expected, and the coaches kept it 100 with me about what I can do for the program. Mostly, I got the family feel there that I didn’t get from other schools.”
During that mid-winter conversation, Cine identified the Nittany Lions as his leader, but it’s safe to assume dynamics have evolved following his relocation and several new offers.
Despite a crowded recruitment, Penn State remains the unanimous favorite in Cine’s 247Sports Crystal Ball. Watch his junior-season highlights here:
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