Coach's Corner: Mark Rodgers

Inside, Ridge Spring High School head coach Mark Rodgers talks about Colorado verbal commit Devonne Quattlebaum.

Devonne Quattlebaum started at quarterback and free safety and was named the Class A Defensive Player of the Year in South Carolina in 2006. He led Ridge Spring as the high school won the Upper State Championship and finished second in Class A in the entire state.

Quattlebaum verballed to Colorado in November. Here's what Ridge Spring (Monetta, S.C.,) High head coach Mark Rodgers had to say about Quattlebaum.

BSN: What kind of player has Devonne been for you the past few years?
Rodgers
: He's basically who helped us build a foundation and helped lead us to a state championship appearance for the first time in school history. He's been our starting quarterback for four years, starting at free safety for the past three. A very special young man, in my opinion.

BSN: What is it about him that makes him special?
Rodgers
: Athletic-wise, he's every thing you'd ever want. And he's honest — you don't ever have to worry about him. He's ‘Yes, sir, No, sir.' He's probably a little bit more mature or has been exposed to a little bit more. Because being the quarterback for us, he actually learned our system almost as good as I know it. He could come to the sidelines and say, ‘Coach, they're giving us this, so we can hit them with that.'

That was very much a luxury. And he also makes people around him play to their ability or beyond. He demands it out of them.

His first year, we didn't win but two games. We started six sophomores and five freshmen on varsity. That group slowly grew up together. He went through it when it was hard times. We had to make some changes when we first got here. We had to let some people go and hand it over to the young bucks. And that's when he was a freshman walking in the door. So he's got four years of high school varsity experience.

We usually scrimmage or play some of the best in the state. We don't shy away from anybody who wants to play. He's seen some very athletic people. He's seen it and knows what it takes to be good at this level and have an opportunity at the next level.

BSN: I understand CU wants him to play on the defensiv e side.
Rodgers
: Yeah, he played free safety for me. As a junior he had seven picks and returned six of them for touchdowns. This year he had two picks all year. But I kept a chart and I don't think they threw to the middle of the field but three times. He picked off two of them. He had nine break ups because he's so quick he can break and aid the corners very well.

BSN: What do you think it was about Colorado that caught his attention?
Rodgers
: He really enjoyed the coaches. In my opinion, they have done an outstanding job as far as recruiting. They've been upfront with the kid. You get a lot of recruiters in here and they're going to tell him one thing, then when they get him it's totally different. These guys have been very up front and very persistent, which I, as a coach, like.

They call and check in on him and make sure. The things that you need to do to build a winner, I think they're doing.

BSN: Which coach has been the lead recruiter for Devonne?
Rodgers
: Coach (Joe) Bever (GA), and Coach Brown.


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