An Ohio State legacy will soon be following in his father's footsteps.
Columbus safety Ryan Rudzinski, the son of former Ohio State linebacker Jerry Rudzinski, committed to the Buckeyes on Wednesday as a preferred walk-on.
HME #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/kDnz7E2fjU— Ryan Rudzinski (@rudzinski_ryan) March 8, 2023
Rudzinski received the offer to be a PWO in December and pulled the trigger a few months later. He will join the Buckeyes this summer for the 2023 season.
Extremely grateful and honored to receive a PWO to The Ohio State University!! @OhioStateFB @ryandaytime @Coach_Eliano @OSUCoachHinton @N_Murph @etwill21 pic.twitter.com/Op9fxK13nG— Ryan Rudzinski (@rudzinski_ryan) December 19, 2022
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Rudzinski had a standout senior season on both sides of the ball, racking up 89 tackles and 10 interceptions defensively while amassing 2,098 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns offensively for Bishop Watterson. Offensively, he was a quarterback and wide receiver and also returned kickoffs and punts.
His father, Jerry, was an Ohio State linebacker from 1994-98 and a Buckeye captain in his senior season. Jerry started every game his junior and senior seasons and was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten player (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998). He graduated from Kettering Alter High School where he was named the DIII Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and an All-Ohioan at QB as a junior.