Rodgers Gearing Up For Playoffs

Junior offensive lineman Na'Ty Rodgers can take his time with his recruiting. He even has over a year to make that decision. That doesn't mean one school hasn't made an impression on him early on.

The McDonough Rams are sitting at 6-3 right now, with one regular season game left. Coming off two losses, the Rams rebounded with an impressive 27-8 win at Stone (MD) High School in rainy conditions on Friday night. The Rams have N.C. State commit Marchez Coates, all-everything back Dave Jones and 2013 offensive lineman Na'Ty Rodgers.

Rodgers has a few early verbal offers, and he said following his team's win on Friday was an important one for team morale.

"We really needed this win," Rodgers said. "We came off a loss the past two weeks, and just needed to win to get our confidence back up. I think we did that, and it starts with the offensive line.

"We haven't put up this many points in awhile. Our goal has been to put up a lot more points. I think I've stepped it up in these last couple of games. I'm stepping it up now."

With this upcoming game Friday at Calvert, Rodgers said his team's focus is simple—just one game at a time.

"Our team is getting ready to play," Rodgers said. "Whatever happens, happens. We're waiting on a couple teams to lose, so we're just going to play our game and play our best."

Rodgers has verbal offers from Maryland, Colorado, New Mexico and North Carolina. Again, with this last regular season game coming up and getting his team to a win this past weekend, and a full year ahead in the recruiting process, he looks forward to taking his time with the process.

"I'm not really thinking about it too much, right now," Rodgers said. "I got a whole year left right now. I can't really tell you what I really want to see in a school. I'm really just looking around right now, trying to see what appeals to me the most. I haven't even seen some of the schools that have offered me, so I'm just trying to take my time with it."

The in-state Terps have impressed him so far with his recruitment.

"I like Maryland," Rodgers said. "They're basically close to home, and they're showing me a lot of love right now. I'm just trying to stay humble and get better. I like the way Maryland's campus works. It's a nice campus."

In addition to being in-state and close to him, Rodgers says he's been impressed with the first-year coaching staff.

"I've been hearing a lot from Mr. Edsall and the offensive line coach, Mr. (Tom) Brattan," Rodgers added.

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