RECRUITING: Beavs looking for Rodgers repeat

THE NUMBERS ARE ridiculous. A running back who racked up nearly 5,000 hashes and 80 touchdowns over the course of his sophomore and junior seasons. He holds an offer from Oregon State, the Beavs are among three recruiting hardest and he just got back from a trip to Corvallis. Plus, his brother wears the black and orange. But does he have a leader?

Jacquizz Rodgers, a slashing and dashing running back out of Lamar Consolidated High in Rosenberg, Texas, is the younger brother of Oregon State wide receiver James Rodgers. The elder Rogers has logged 259 all purpose yards for the Beavs to date his freshman campaign.

On hand to see a few of those hashes was Jacquizz, who took an unofficial visit to Oregon State recently.

Rodgers said he thoroughly enjoyed his trip but that the chance to play with his brother won't be the determining factor.

"I'm open to everybody," he said. "People say because my brother goes to Oregon State that's where I'm going, but I'm open to everybody."

In addition to Oregon State, schools with offers on the table include Baylor, Arizona, SMU and UTEP.

The Oregon State, Northwestern and SMU coaches are the ones Rodgers says he's bonded with most, though he added he hasn't been on any official visits yet. Danny Langsdorf is running the recruiting point for the Beavers.

"I'm still waiting to finalize the five visits I'm going to take," said Rodgers.

TEXAS IS ONE of the big three in football recruiting, along with California and Florida. But you have to look far and wide to find someone who can match the production of the 5-8, 165-pound electrifying runner who has the ability to get lost between the tackles.

His junior year, Rodgers skittered his way to 2,516 yards and 50 TDs. The year prior, his sophomore season, he racked up just under 2,300 yards along with 30 touchdowns.

In 2007, he has 140 rushes for 881 yards. Respectable numbers to be sure, but not in the same category as the previous two years. Or are they? It was about this time last year when Rodgers went into overdrive, his production shooting through the roof the latter half of the season.

Still, things are different. His offensive line is less experienced and he's also missing a deep threat now at Oregon State.

"It's a little tougher, and last year I had my brother as a deep threat receiver. I've just got to work harder, though," said Rodgers.

AMONG THE KEYS to his decision will be playing time, he said.

"Education is the first thing. And then I'm looking for the college atmosphere, the city, and the football team where I'm going to get to play the earliest," said Rodgers, who said the prospect of joining James at OSU was "a little factor."

One other thing, who's the better football player between the siblings?

"Myself. And he's going to say himself," he laughed. "...He's a speed guy and I'm more of shifty guy, he's more a straight ahead runner."

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