Over the weekend, the Rams under new coach Anthony Grant, secured their 4th and 5th commitments, each from residents of the Sunshine State. Joey Rodriguez, a former UMass pledge out of Winter Park (Fla.) Lake Howell is committed. Joining him is Larry Sanders, a big man out of Fort Pierce St. Lucie.
Are the Rams really making that much news in Florida? "Yes, they definitely are," Sanders said. "Everybody knows now."
Speaking of Sanders, he averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds last year. He had offers from Western Carolina and George Washington.
"His length brings a different level for us defensively," Kareem Rodriguez, Sanders' high school coach said. "Around the basket he blocks shots and rebounds when other players make mistakes he's always had to make up for them and he's in the right spot. Offensively, for his size, he's so new to the game. It's quite impressive."
"They said they want to build on speed, quickness and toughness," Rodriguez said. "They think I'm a leader and they trust me. We all know each other in the recruiting class so that's cool. I'll be living with guys that know where I come from."
One of the common themes with the 5 guys VCU has recruited is the relationship with Grant. "I really believe in Coach Grant and what he's trying to accomplish," Rodriguez said. "This will be their first recruiting class. They have three players coming there that I know from Florida that either played with or against. I'm very comfortable with them."