In his first full season at the varsity level as a starter, Jake Rudock took the reins of the defending national champion St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders and guided the team to a 13-1 record, throwing for 1,945 yards and 34 touchdowns as colleges from across the country watched this impressive 6-3, 185-pounder mature into a prospect.
On Wednesday night, after looking over schools such as Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Memphis, Rudock made his decision.
"I am going to the University of Iowa," Rudock said. "Great program, tremendous coaching staff and a chance to play on a team that fits exactly what I do."
Rudock, who has watched his stock rise over the past year, has worked as hard as any quarterback to prepare himself for the next level. In addition to balancing a baseball career, he always made it a priority to keep his throwing arm and mechanics in focus.
"From the first time I worked with Jake, it was evident that this was a young man who had all the tools to play at the next level," said coach Ken Mastrole, who runs Mastrole's Passing Camp. "Every session he attends, he always brings his best with him. There is no doubt in my mind that he has a chance to become something very special."
As Rudock heads toward his final season at the high school level, his goal of winning a state title still remains something that he wants to achieve. While the Raiders lost plenty of talent, receivers Rashad Greene (FSU commit) and Phillip Dorsett (Miami commit) return.
"I had the opportunity to watch Jake play three times last year and came away very impressed at the way he displayed leadership," said recruiting analyst Rich Barimo. "His mechanics are impressive. Iowa certainly fits him perfectly.
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