While Casey Roddick was not quite ready to pull the trigger after visiting Colorado for the second time, the 6-foot-4, 342-pound three-star prospect was ready to name his finalists.
"I have visited a lot of programs around the country so it was the time to release a final five," Roddick said. "It was getting to the point where I was going to start my senior season and I didn't have a final five so I sat down with my family and ruled out some schools. Those are the locked in final five. I don't think anything could really change it."
Roddick said he will either decide in August, or name a top three then take some official visits in the fall before ending his recruitment. He visited Colorado for the first time in the spring with his father and he returned to Boulder this past weekend with his mother.
"When I visited Colorado the first time for their spring game, I thought, "This is the place.' But I had to bring my mom up so she could see the campus. She is going to play a big role in my decision, he said. "So I brought my mom up here and she absolutely loved it. She fell in love with it. She actually wanted me to commit but I was like, 'No, mom, I have to put more thought into it.'"
During both of his trips to Colorado, Roddick said the main thing that stood out to him about the Buffaloes is the family atmosphere they foster. He got to hang out with 10 of Colorado's verbal commitments, as well as a number of current players, on Sunday afternoon.
"[Buffs head] coach [Mike] Mac[Intyre] preaches the family atmosphere to the players and the recruits, and it is well on display," Roddick said. "As a player, you need to be able to look to your left and look to your right and know you are with your brothers. The fact they are building that type of bond at Colorado is going to help them win a lot of football games."
Colorado quarterback pledge Tyler Lytle has been trying to recruit a number of players to Boulder since he verbally committed to the Buffs earlier this summer. Roddick is one of the prospects he has been in regular communication with.
"I love Tyler. He is a great ball player," Roddick said. "I understand why he is trying to recruit some linemen because we are going to protect him for four years. I love Tyler so I embrace the hassle he is bringing on to me. The other commits are there, too. It makes me feel loved by a lot of people. It is awesome."
Roddick is known to have high interest in Cal, as well. Although he does not currently have any other visits lined up, Roddick hopes to take a trip to Berkeley with his mother "either at the end of July or in early August."
"I have been to Cal once so far and taking my mom there would give her an opportunity to see what I saw the first time," he said. "We are going to see the campus and see the football facilities and check out the academics. That is what is big to her, the academic part of it. Aside from that, though, I am just focused on my football team right now getting ready for my senior year. I am not really focused on taking a bunch of visits at the moment."
A starter at left tackle for St. Bonaventure, Roddick projects as an offensive guard for the next level. He prides himself on his film study habits, as well as his ability to move for his size.
"Coach MacIntyre actually compared me to a young Larry Allen so that was pretty impressive," Roddick said. "Not only am I light on my feet, but I move well laterally, too. As an offensive lineman being big and bold is good, but you also have to move. You have to vertically block, you have to horizontally block and you also have to pass set and move your feet. Those are the intangibles I feel I bring to the game."
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