Rocky Top is home sweet home for Rodgers

One Texas high school prospect grew up on Rocky Top. His mother and father both attended school in Knoxville, where they fell in love and married. Will this connection to the Big Orange be enough to sway Southlake Carroll star defensive back to his roots? For Kacy Rodgers, a star defensive back with over 18 official offers, he proudly calls Rocky Top home sweet home.

One Texas high school prospect grew up on Rocky Top.

His mother Marcella and father Kacy both attended school in Knoxville, where they fell in love and married. Will this connection to the Big Orange be enough to sway Southlake Carroll star defensive back to his roots?

For Kacy Rodgers, a star defensive back with over 18 official offers, he proudly calls Rocky Top home sweet home.

"I was born in Knoxville," Rodgers told InsideTennessee.com "I grew up going to games at the University of Tennessee. I have always loved Rocky Top."

Rodgers has been getting to know some of the new Volunteer coaches including Willie Mack Garza, the coach responsible for recruiting Texas.

"Coach Garza and I talk a lot," Rodgers said. "I call him a lot, we talk about things I remember about the campus and how it is to live in Knoxville."

Rodgers, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete with 4.49 speed, recently mentioned five schools as his favorite, but when asked about Tennessee being left off that list he explained.

"My list changes all the time," Rodgers said. "One thing that has changed with me is that Tennessee has been a part of me since I was little, that isn't going to change. They will always be a player for my services."

Rodgers hopes to get to know the new coaching staff a lot better and is hoping to an unofficial visit there this summer.

"I have so much family still in Knoxville," Rodgers said. "its home for me in a lot of ways. All of my mom's family still lives there."

Rodgers and his family have been living in Texas for the last six years.

His father Kacy was a standout defensive end for the Vols. Rodgers was a four-year letterman at the University of Tennessee (1988-91) and an honorable mention All-Southeastern Conference selection. As a linebacker and defensive end, he contributed to Volunteer teams that won the 1990 and 1991 SEC Championship and played in three New Year's Day bowl games, the 1990 Cotton Bowl, the 1991 Sugar Bowl and the 1992 Fiesta Bowl, winning both the Cotton and Sugar Bowl games. The 1989 Vols squad posted an 11-1 record and finished the year ranked fifth in the country.

Rodgers coached the Dallas Cowboys for Bill Parcells and is now a member of the Miami Dolphins coaching staff.

"I didn't think about mentioning my father was a former great there," Kacy II said Tuesday. "Football is a way of life for our family, I have grown up around it all my life. I'm proud of what my dad accomplished while playing at Tennessee."

Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, are just a few offers he is holding, he hopes to see a lot of the schools that have offered before making a final decision.


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