January 30, 2012

Rodriguez Ready to Prove Himself

As the Houston Cougars continue to add the final pieces to their 2012 recruiting puzzle they still had a few voids they'd like to fill. One of those voids was at receiver, where the de-commitment of Patterson (LA) wide receiver Jaydrick Declouet left the Cougars with a sudden need at wide receiver and as the Cougars hosted several visitors in the last weekend before signing day, that void was soon filled by Allen (TX) three-star wide receiver Andrew Rodriguez.

The Cougars noticed Rodriguez when they were recruiting his teammate and three-star outside linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone, a current Cougars commit.

"They first started talking to me last Wednesday," the 5-foot-10, 170-pound receiver said. They came to our facility because they offered our linebacker (Thaddeus LaGrone), while they were here they talked to my coaches, they got to watch me run some routes and watched some video and it went from there, they invited me in for a visit that weekend, they really liked me and they offered me a scholarship and I took it."

Rodriguez really enjoyed his time in Houston and liked the University of Houston so much he was ready to pull the trigger.

"It was a really nice campus," the three-star receiver added. "The level of football there, the players and the coaching staff they all treated me like family. The staff, even though a lot of them have only been there a few weeks, they sure knew what they were doing. They were very welcoming and seemed like they had all known each other for a really long time."

Rodriguez also got to take in the city some while on his visit and really enjoyed the city of Houston as well.

"They took us all out to dinner, we got to visit a lot of placed in Houston and I got to go out with the guys as well," the talented receiver said. "They just showed me a lot of the city, the dorm rooms, and what life as a player would be like."

Rodriguez is excited about his future as a Cougar and has some extra motivation in proving a lot of the schools that overlooked him wrong.

"I'm looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong about my size," the speedy playmaker added. "A lot of coaches recruit players based on size, they have a prototype size that they want and for me I just want to be the best I can be, regardless of size."

With Rodriguez now committed, the Cougars now have 20 confirmed commitments for the class of 2012. Verbal commitments are non-binding until Wednesday morning when recruits can sign a letter of intent with the school of their choice.

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