Area college programs want The Smoke
There is a colloquialism called “wanting someone’s smoke.” In modern slang, “smoke” can refer to a battle or a challenge. The phrase “who wants smoke[?]” can therefore indicate someone asking for a challenge. Rudolph does his challenging of other players between the whistles and between the chalk lines. However, make no mistake, Davon Rudolph is a player and college programs in and around Kentucky want his smoke, but in a good way.HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball
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Today we honor a ’24 OLB/Nickel many, around the commonwealth, believe to be the very best at either of those slots in the ’24 graduating class. This week’s recipient had an incredible year in ’23 which would see him register close to 150-tackles and lead his ball-club to another fine season (10-4) and birth in the semis. Today we feature Davon “Smoke” Rudolph from Louisville’s Ballard High.
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Davon Rudolph is out of eligibility. Coming from a program he helped lead to back to back, semi-state appearances and also leading his Bruins to victories over both Trinity and Male in the same season (2022) for the first time since 1972, the Bruins mourn his coming graduation.
In ’23, the senior Nickel, OLB had 149-tackles, 12-TFLs, 2-sacks, 5-FFs, an INT, and a rushing TD. He did all of this in 14-games of action.
Ballard was 11-3 in ’22 and 10-4 in ’23 making back to back trips to the semi-state in 6A football. This past year, the Bruins dropped its semi-state game to Bryan Station by a field goal (24-21).
We are unsure where Rudolph lands collegiately. Rudolph is 6’0,” weighs 200-pounds and is a fixture on the Ballard Track and Field team. This guy is super athletic and super accomplished on the field of play, having seen top-flight competition at every stop along the way.
Where will the Smoke ultimately rise? Will Rudolph meet with the same success on Saturdays as he did on Friday Nights? We’re betting, “Yes.”
This is Friday Night Fletch, reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!