Rodgers Spending Time Out West

The Maryland offensive lineman, Na'Ty Rodgers, camped at UCLA this summer and has some ties to Los Angeles...

Pomfret (Md.) McDonough offensive linemen Na'Ty Rodgers (6-5, 278), has spent much of his summer out West, and after a busy stretch of camps, he's enjoying the weather and taking a step back from his recruitment.

"Right now, I'm just taking my time and about to take a break from the recruiting process," said Rodgers. "I'm not really talking to coaches, but I will as soon as I get back home to Maryland. I'm going to try to make my decision right after the season or after the bowl game."

Rodgers has been selected to the Semper Fidelis Bowl, and he said he could make a decision then.

Where he picks, though, remains to be seen.

"Some schools I know that I will take an official visit to are Oklahoma, Washington, South Carolina and Clemson," said Rodgers. "I haven't gotten that fifth school yet. I have some schools still interested that haven't offered and we'll see what they do when the season starts, like Oregon and Notre Dame."

Rodgers has been to USC and UCLA a handful of times this summer, staying in Los Angeles with his father, and said while he doesn't plan to officially visit either at this point, he's got interest in both of them.

"UCLA and USC are right here, 15-20 minutes from my dad, so that would be cool with either school, to play by him and my family," said Rodgers. "My dad has talked a lot with me about finding the best fit. USC is a good school and I really liked Coach (Adrian) Klemm when I was at UCLA's camp. And my dad and Coach (Jim) Mora know each other because both went to Washington."

Rodgers' father started his college career at Oklahoma and concluded it at Washington, and Rodgers was just in Seattle at the end of June.

"I took a visit up there a couple of weeks ago, when they had all of those commits," said Rodgers. "Coach (Steve) Sarkisian is the one who's mainly recruiting me for Washington. That's a school I like a lot too."

Rodgers can play any spot on the offensive line, and he said that has been something that has been reiterated to him by a number of coaches.

"I think I can pretty much catch on to any position," said Rodgers. "Anywhere that is going to get me on the field, the coaches are going to make that decision for me which spot I'll fit in best at."

Rodgers said playing each position as a junior has helped him in is recruitment.

"This last year, I played a little more center or guard, based on my team's needs," said Rodgers. "So what I play in college is all based on the needs of the college. If the team has a lot of tackles, I'll go to guard, because being versatile is a key to playing early and will help me at the next level and the level after that. Coaches now want a guy who can play tackle or guard, and they want guards that know how to snap."

Rodgers said he'll head back to Maryland later this month and start his team camp on the 27th.

Brandon is in his eighth year with FOX Sports NEXT, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the FOX Sports NEXT Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the FOX Sports NEXT network since 2003.
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