Rodgers Talks UCLA Visit

Elkton (Maryland) Eastern Christian Academy offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers spent a few days in Southern California where he visited USC and UCLA, and was offered by the Bruins. He spoke to Scout.com about the trip, and also discussed what other schools he plans to visit this spring and summer...

Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Maryland) offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers thought he knew what to expect when he arrived on UCLA's campus for Saturday's practice.

Other than receiving an offer from the Bruins, the 6-foot-2, 305-pound Rodgers got a bit of a shock because it was much different than his visit in the fall.

"It definitely surprised me," Rodgers said. "Last time, I guess because of the games they lost, it wasn't live. When I went this time, practice was very live. As soon as I was there, they started to hit."

It is one of the changes Rodgers noticed now that Jim Mora is running the program. Rodgers also connected with offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.

"I went to practice, but before that I talked to the offensive line coach, coach Klemm, and he was in love with my film," Rodgers said. "He said, ‘All I want to do is see you.' My coach and I went over to the practice field and he extended the offer.

"He's one of the best o-line coaches I ever met. He's a real good guy."

Although this visit didn't afford Rodgers the chance to tour the campus, he didn't view it as a big deal.

"My last visit I did (look around the campus)," he said. "It's a real nice campus. Their weight facilities and all that are amazing. It's Westwood, so it's nice."

Rodgers made the trip with several ECA teammates, including USC commits Kenny Bigelow (five-star defensive tackle) and 2015 quarterback David Sills. They were in Southern California for a few days, and they stopped by USC to watch the spring game.

The subject of an offer was broached with the USC staff, but one was not extended.

"They said they're still in the process (of evaluating)," Rodgers said. "They said they're really linemen heavy, so they're weighing things out right now."

Rodgers is rated as Scout.com's No. 2 center in the 2013 class. He said Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, Mississippi, Ohio State, Purdue, Temple, UCLA and West Virginia have offered, and he is in the process of making other visits.

"I'm going to West Virginia this weekend," he said. "I want to see their campus and all that and meet with the coaches. I have not been there before.

"I'm also going to go to (LSU). We're talking a lot right now. Their coaches are talking to my coaches, and they want to see me.

"I also plan to go to Columbus, Ohio, to see Ohio State. They say they love my film and they want me to come up there."

Although Rodgers is making plenty of spring trips, don't look for an early decision.

"I'm going to do it at the U.S. Army All-American game," he said. "All my options are open now."


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