Veteran recruiting analyst Tom Lemming isn’t surprised by Jake Rudock’s early success as the Iowa quarterback.
“No, I predicted it, so I shouldn’t be surprised,” Lemming said Tuesday afternoon.
Lemming said he ranked Rudock as a four-star recruit, with five being the highest ranking on his scale, coming out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Lemming’s defintion of a four-star prospect is a player who has the athletic ability to be a three-year starter at a major college.
Rudock is in a position to do that as a third-year sophomore. He has led Iowa to a 4-1 record and is ranked fifth in the Big Ten in total offense at 217.18 yards per game, including 961 passing yards. His 128 rushing yards is the third highest among Big Ten quarterbacks heading into Saturday’s game against Michigan State.
“His (high school) coach, George Smith, gave me some stuff on the kid when he was a sophomore at Aquinas and I had gone down to see him the last couple of years, so I knew about him and gave him four stars because he was a big-time player,” said Lemming, who has worked as a college football recruiting analyst since the late 1970s.
Rudock, a 6-3, 205-pound native of Weston, Fla., hadn’t taken a snap in a college game before this season.
Lemming said Rudock’s intelligence and the competition he faced in high school helped to improve his rating.
“He was always a smart kid and he played against the best competition in the country at Aquinas,” Lemming said.
Rudock was named the Broward County Player of the Year as a high school senior in 2010. He led Aquinas to a district, regional, state and national title, along with a 15-0 record. He also finished with over 5,000 total yards in high school.
Scout.com and Rivals.com both ranked Rudock as a three-star prospect coming out of high school and as the 29th best quarterback in his senior class.
Rudock also had scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois among other schools.
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