For the third time in the last five days, the Nittany Lions 2019 recruiting class has added a big time defensive back recruit. Four-star prospect Tyler Rudolph has verbally committed to Penn State during a ceremony at his high school on Monday evening.
Rudolph received his offer during an unofficial visit in late-November for the Nebraska game. He was most recently on campus for this year's Blue-White game on an official visit, and received a visit from Brent Pry and Terry Smith on May 15.
The Rudolph File
- Class: 2019
- Size: 6-1/205
- Pos: DB
- School: St. Thomas More HS (Waterbury, CT)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.8967)
- Composite Rank: No. 312 overall, No. 22 safety
Rudolph had offers from a slew of national powers, including Clemson, Florida, and Michigan, but seemed to be a Penn State lean from the moment he was offered a scholarship.
At 6'1, 205 lbs., he has stereotypical safety size but James Franklin likes his corners to be a bit on the larger side. Regardless, his future is more than likely at safety and should be in line for a redshirt for the 2019 season.
Rudolph, a close friend of Sunday night's verbal commit Marquis Wilson, is the eighth commit in Penn State's 2019 class, which now sits at No. 14 in the 247Sports Team Rankings. The Nittany Lions eight member class is tied with Georgia for the smallest group among the top-14.