Wide Receiver Duo Have ASU on Their Minds

DevilsDigest spoke to Venice High School Coach Angelo Gasca about his dynamic tandem of Wide Receiver prospects – James Lewis and Gerold Rodriguez.

Gasca told us that his team was off to a 3-0 start beating two formidable prep programs in Carson and Loyola. So, it's no surprise that these two offensive weapons are off to a good start in 2003. Lewis, who has 180 yards receiving (through two games) and one touchdown, is a physical wide receiver/defensive back who stands 6'1" 204 and runs a 4.5. "He fast and physical, and he's a big hitter," says Gasca. "He's a former quarterback, so he has good field vision. That's why I see his future at safety. He really likes to roam the field."

The Venice coach also mentioned that Lewis benches over 300 lbs. and is a very hard worker in the weight room. The only thing that may hold him back from going to a big time program are his grades, but Gasca exclaims: "He will make it." Oregon State and Washington have offered Lewis. Aside from ASU, other schools showing interest are Louisville, Tulane, and Cincinnati. UCLA and USC are reportedly increasing their recruiting efforts with Lewis as well.

Gerold Rodriguez may be the less heralded wide receiver prospect, and ASU has been showing limited interest. Nevertheless, but Coach Gasca says that: "ASU is his #1 school. If they offered today, he would verbal to them." Rodriguez, according to his coach, is one of the fastest players in the L.A. area high schools. At 5'11" 185 runs a 4.4, and Gasca says that he reminds you of a slightly bigger Shaun McDonald. Rodriguez also plays a defensive back, and the Sun Devils are reportedly looking at him at both positions.

After three games Rodriguez is averaging over 100 yards a game, and had four touchdowns, with one of them being an 80-yard kickoff return. Thus, it's not coincidence that he has already been invited to the prestigious CaliFlorida Bowl – which pits the best high school players from both states. Utah, Wyoming, Cincinnati, and Tulane have offered Rodriguez. Along with the Devils, Arizona, UCLA, and Washington have been showing some interest. Not only is the wide receiver fully qualified, but also he could graduate early. He did visit ASU unofficially in the summer, and loved the facilities and the weather. He has no visits schedules thus far, but he has no problems deciding early on the school of his choice.

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