Although Rodriguez signed some big linemen in his first two classes, none of these players will be expected to contribute as quickly as 6-foot-4, 285-pound Santa Ana Community College defensive tackle Jeff Worthy.
Originally a Boise State commit, Worthy has the requisite size and maturity to make an instant contribution.
"The coaches want me to be able to man the middle," Worthy said. They've talked to me a lot about how they want the biggest and strongest guys to clog up the middle and that is the role that I believe I thrive in.
"I want to go in and play well for the coaches because they were the only Pac-12 school to offer me and they think a lot of my skills and ability to impact the game."
Worthy is working hard to make sure he is ready to make that impact.
"I've been running and lifting pretty hard because I want to get there and hit the ground running," he said. "I've been around big-time college football, so I know what needs to be done to get to that level."
While he doesn't know what to expect from his future teammates in their bowl game, each game has re-enforced the notion that Worthy's future program is headed in the right direction.
"It was a little bit of an up and down season but at the same time you saw what they were capable of," Worthy said. "Coach Rodriguez has a big class coming in this year and within a season or two he is going to have everything that he needs to win big."