Rodriguez Nearing A Decision?

Miami (FL) Dr. Krop point guard Angel Rodriguez took his final official visit of the fall this weekend when he was in Raleigh checking out NC State.

Miami (FL) Dr. Krop point guard Angel Rodriguez took his final official visit of the fall this weekend when he was in Raleigh checking out NC State.

Art Alvarez, Rodriguez's AAU coach with the Miami Tropics, spoke with Pack Pride about the trip.

"I talked with Angel earlier this evening about his NC State visit," Alvarez stated Sunday evening. "He liked it very much. He talked about how he saw that there is an opportunity to play early at NC State if he went there.

"He feels very confident that he could come in and play right away. Based on what he saw he thought they had a good nucleus of young guys, and he was real impressed with NC State. He thinks he can come in and contribute quickly with them."

Rodriguez's cousin is Javier Gonzalez, NC State's senior point guard, and Gonzalez hosted Rodriguez for his official visit.

"Javi filled Angel in on how it is at NC State," said Alvarez. "He brough Angel up-to-date on the pros and cons and you can definitely say that Javi was letting him know that there are many more pros than cons at NC State.

"Javi could tell him how he came in as a freshman and played right away, started, and these are the kind of things you can accomplish at NC State. Javi has been letting him know how it is there and how he can come in and play as a freshman like he did."

In two seasons at Miami (FL) Krop Rodriguez has been one of the state's best players. As a junior he averaged 21 points per game to lead Krop to the state semifinals. For his efforts he was named first-team all-city, first-team all-state, and Miami Herald Player of the Year.

"Angel is a bulldog," Rodriguez's head coach, Shakey Rodriguez, told the Miami Herald during the season. "When the game's on the line, he's not going to let you lose. Not every great player has that quality. But Angel does. Jose Ramos did. Doug Edwards was like that. To me, before he graduates, he has a chance to be as good a guard as any in Dade County -- that includes Chris Corchiani."

Rodriguez is regarded as a three-star prospect and holds multiple scholarship offers. He has already taken official visits to NC State, Kansas State, and Louisville, and those three programs lead in his recruitment.

"He had great visits to all three schools and they are terrific programs," said Alvarez. "I think there are so many other schools that want to get involved, but I don't believe we're going to bring another one in. We have pretty much identified Kansas State, Louisville, and NC State... it doesn't get much better than the ACC, Big East, or Big 12.

"All three schools have offered scholarships and are recruiting him very hard. All of the head coaches came down last week and have made him a priority."

The early signing period begins November 10th and runs until November 17th. Rodriguez will meet with Alvarez, his head coach, and his mother in the next couple of days to make a couple of important decisions.

"I'm going to sit down with Angel, his mother, and his head coach here shortly and talk about his recruitment," said Alvarez. "The first decision for Angel is if he wants to sign early or late. If he wants to sign early then he'll make a decision, and if he decides to sign late then we'll wait.

"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, I've told him that. It works that way for him and the university, and he understands the situation."

What is going to be the biggest factor in Rodriguez's decision?

"Playing time is going to be huge for him," said Alvarez. "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."

As of now it appears that Rodriguez remains wide open.

"I don't believe he has a favorite because he knows all three are great schools," Alvarez added. "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. All three coaches have been professional in their recruiting of Angel and we're going to inform them in that manner."

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