Maryland-native Na'Ty Rodgers Eyes Terps

2013 offensive tackle Na'Ty Rodgers has the Terps high in his top 5.

The 6'5” offensive tackle from McDonough High School is intimidating in stature as well as in skill. Ranked 6th overall in the state of Maryland, Na'Ty Rodgers will make one program very happy when he decides where he will reside.

Rodgers has helped his team jump out to a 5-0 start this season, totaling 22 tackles in that span while playing on the other side of the ball.

As a brute force on the line of scrimmage, Rodgers also values the ability to move, quickness, and attention to detail in his game. He says he tries to pattern his game after Jake Long of the Miami Dolphins, an athlete he truly enjoys watching.

“I've been working on my footwork and hand placements; just the little things,” the lineman said.

With Maryland in his top 5 schools -- along with Oklahoma, South Carolina, Washington, and North Carolina State - there is certainly a possibility Rodgers will vow for an opportunity to thrive in his home state.

Na'Ty attended Maryland's home opener against William & Mary, and says he likes the atmosphere that College Park offers on game days. He plans on getting back to Byrd Stadium for another game before the end of the season.

Perhaps the top threat to Maryland acquiring the lineman comes from Oklahoma where Rodgers' father played for a year in 1988. Na'Ty took his first official visit a few weeks ago to Norman, Okla. The Sooners hosted the Kansas State Wildcats during Rodger's visit, a game they lost 24-19. Despite the losing effort, the offensive tackle described the trip as “pretty good.”

Rodgers says he has no other official visits lined up at this point, but the Terps hope he will visit College Park soon.

With the contact the high school senior has had so far with the Terps coaches, he says his relationship with the staff is a good one.

“I've been talking with Coach Locksley a little bit,” he said. “Just talking, not really about football too much.”

Coach Mike Locksley has served as Maryland's recruiting coordinator for the last six years.

With over twenty-five offers from schools all over the country including both Maryland and Oklahoma, Rodgers certainly has a plethora of options. He stated he is willing to stay close to home, or travel faraway, as long as he finds the right program for him.

Whichever program he deems right will gain 278 lbs. of muscle, quickness, and potentially a cornerstone of their offensive line for the next few years.

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