July 1, 2010

Rudock talks about his decision

Three-star quarterback Jake Rudock is from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, but his college decision came down to a couple of Big Ten rivals, Iowa and Wisconsin. Yesterday, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound signal caller from football powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas gave his verbal commitment to the Hawkeyes. Rudock talks about his decision, his future at Iowa, and much more.

Q: How did the commitment to Iowa all come about?

RUDOCK: Well, I took a trip up there and hit up Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin to try to get a feel for each school. Then, when I got home, I was really leaning towards those three schools because all three of them obviously impressed me. In talking with Coach Smith, we started narrowing it down and I just kept leaning towards Iowa, so I just pulled the trigger and decided that's where I want to spend the next few years of my life.

Q: Who was it that you called when you committed?

RUDOCK: I talked with Coach Ferentz and Coach O'Keefe and just told them I'd like to accept their offer and go to Iowa.

Q: What was their reaction?

RUDOCK: They seemed real excited. They were really happy about it and welcomed me into the family.

Q: What was it about Iowa that made the difference for you?

RUDOCK: Well, obviously Iowa has a lot of history and they always have great football, which is something I want to continue coming from my school. We always try to be the best we can be and that's what Iowa does. Being there kind of made me feel like I was at home at my school because you get that same feel. Also, the med school and the hospital there really impressed me.

As a junior, Rudock completed 128 of 197 passes for 1,945 yards and 34 touchdowns in leading St. Thomas Aquinas to a 13-1 record.

In committing to Iowa, he chose the Hawkeyes over scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Colorado, and Memphis.

Rudock is the eighth verbal commitment for the Hawkeyes in the Class of 2011.

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