Rodgers Open To Everyone

Richard Rodgers recently took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame and he came away impressed with Brian Kelly's program. The athlete from St. John's High School (Shrewsbury, Mass.) hasn't begun to narrow his list of schools, but he's hoping to have a decision made by the start of his senior season.

Richard Rodgers (6-foot-4, 230-pounds-pounds) had been hoping he'd get a chance to see Notre Dame at some point, and when he did make a trip to South Bend, he wasn't disappointed.

"It was better than I thought it would be," Rodgers said. "I really didn't expect it to be that nice. My dad is the defensive coordinator at Holy Cross and it's a lot like Holy Cross, except bigger. It was a great experience for me.

"I really like Notre Dame. I've always liked them growing up and watching them on TV every Saturday. It's really a dream school for me. You hear a lot about Notre Dame, but you never get to see it. When you do get a chance to see it in person, you get a whole different perspective.

Rodgers is an dynamic athlete that could play several positions at the next level. Most of his playing time has come at wide receiver, but after speaking with the Notre Dame coaching staff, he could get a chance to play linebacker if he selects Notre Dame.

"I sat down with coach Kelly and I sat down with coach Diaco when I was there," Rodgers explained. "Coach Kelly said they just want to wait until I get to school and they'll decide where to put me when I get there. Coach Diaco thinks that I'm a perfect fit for what they look for in a linebacker. So they just said that they'll figure out where they want to put me if I end up going there.

"It feels good to know someone wants you and thinks you're a great athlete and they think that you can play multiple positions at the college level. It's a good feeling knowing that a college program wants you like that. Wherever I end up going, I want to do my best to help the team in any way that I can."

Rodgers denies having a leader at this point, and is still considering Notre Dame, Cal, Oregon, Boston College, Minnesota, Maryland, Virginia and UMass.

"I would like to have something done before my season, but right now I'm really just talking to my family, talking to friends and any one really to see what their thoughts are on all the schools, so I can find out which is the best one. I'll pick the one that's best for me, but I just want to hear what other people say."


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