Welcome to early signing period for the 2019 recruiting class here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)
Tyler Rudolph was part of a big commitment stretch back in May and is now set to represent the Blue & White on Saturdays.
|Height/Weight: 6'1/205 lbs.|
|High School: St. Thomas More (CT)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.9063)|
|Composite Rank: No. 263 Overall, No. 22 Safety, No. 3 in Connecticut|
|Commitment Date: May 21, 2018|
Tyler Rudolph's commitment has gone a little under the radar amongst the Penn State faithful, but there is every reason to be excited for the blue-chip safety. He brings tremendous versatility, as the staff seems to be planning to start him at safety, but he could very well play corner should the need arise. He is almost a spittin' image of Garrett Taylor, and like Taylor, has solid cover skills and can come up in run support. He also comes in with good size already for a college safety.
Given that Rudolph will enroll early, anything is possible for him in the immediate future. As far as his career, however, look for the Connecticut native to fight for a starting safety spot sooner rather than later.
James Franklin's staff has never been shy about playing true freshmen in the defensive backfield should they earn the snaps. However, while Rudolph seems to have the talent to earn snaps, he has a crowded depth chart in front of him. There's no reason to believe Garrett Taylor won't be one of the two starting safeties next year. The other spot will be decided after an offseason battle amongst Ayron Monroe, Lamont Wade, Jonathan Sutherland, and possibly even incoming JuCo commit Jaquan Brisker.
Rudolph will likely have to wait his turn at safety, though it wouldn't be surprising to see him get on the field for some snaps while maintaining his redshirt.
|Ayron Monroe*||Lamont Wade||Jonathan Sutherland*||Tyler Rudolph|
|John Petrishen*||Jaquan Brisker|
* denotes redshirt season taken
Welcome to Penn State, Tyler.
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) December 19, 2018