"He had great visits to all three schools and they are terrific programs," Miami Tropic AAU coach Art Alvarez told PackPride.com. "We have pretty much identified Kansas State, Louisville, and NC State... All three schools have offered scholarships...and all of the head coaches came down last week and have made him a priority." With his visits concluded and the early signing period beginning Wednesday, it appears decision time for Rodriguez.
"I'm going to sit down with Angel, his mother, and his head coach [Shaky Rodriguez] here shortly and talk about his recruitment," said Alvarez. "The first decision for Angel is if he wants to sign early or late.
"He has three major schools on the table... three great options. He knows that if he continues to wait those scholarships may not be available in April."
Kansas State head coach Frank Martin has strong recruiting ties in Miami and the Wildcats will be tough to beat. Louisville, a late entrant in Rodriguez' recruitment, has come on strong down the stretch. NC State also has strong ties in Miami and have the benefit of being the final visit.
"I don't believe he has a favorite because he knows all three are great schools," Alvarez said. "We're going to sit down together and go over the pros and cons of each school and also decide on if he wants to make an early decision. "We'll be meeting this week. With the signing period right around the corner, if he wants to do it early then we'll reach a decision and notify the coaches before informing the press..."
Alvarez has stated recently that playing time will be a key factor in Rodriguez' decision. NC State and Kansas State both lose their starting point guards after this season. Peyton Siva, a sophomore, is Louisville's starting point guard.
"Playing time is going to be huge for him," Alvarez said. "He wants to go to a place where he can play early. It's going to come down to where he feels that in his heart and mind he can go in and play right away."