Evan Rodriguez Spends Junior Day at UConn

New Jersey is having another big year as far as recruiting talent is concerned. Safety Evan Rodriguez, who plays in one of the toughest sections in the state, is another player that most of the recruiting fans across the country will want to keep a close eye one.

Evan Rodriguez, a 6-foot-3, 200 pound, safety, from North Bergen, N.J. is one of the best that the Northeast has to offer.

Rodriguez was featured on both sides of the ball as a junior. On offense, he led the team as the quarterback, and on defense, he roamed the backfield from his free safety position. While he enjoys playing offense he knows that his future is on the defensive side of the ball, where he can best utilize all of his skills.

"I feel like I am equally effective in pass protection and against the run. I am really aggressive against the run, but at the same time I try to cover the entire field in pass coverage," Rodriguez explained.

"There is not really one player that I try to pattern myself after. I try to watch as many guys as possible and take a little of the good out of everyone I see. I just try to be myself."

Rodriguez has yet to pick up his first official offer, but it appears that it will only be a matter of time before he is extended that honor. Schools from all over the nation are showing strong interest.

"I get a lot of letters from Connecticut, Florida State, Florida, Boston College, Maryland, and Penn State. Those are the probably schools that I am the most interested in," Rodriguez reported.

Rodriguez, who is also a valued member of the high school basketball program, is relieved to put the basketball season behind him so that he can use his time to research and evaluate of some of the top schools on his list. Last weekend he took in his first junior day and his basketball background made the trip very enjoyable.

"I went to UConn's junior day. It was a good trip. I really enjoyed getting the chance to see all of the sights that they had to offer."

"I really enjoyed the community of the campus, and the crowd during the basketball game was unreal. They played Louisville (84-80 UConn victory), and it was a great game. It was senior day, so the crowd was really fired up," Rodriguez noted.

The N.J. standout currently has two more unofficial visits scheduled.

"I am planning to see as many schools as possible. I was invited to many more junior days, but I was just not able to make it due to my schedule. I will be taking trips out to Penn State and Boston College over the next couple of weekends," Rodriguez said.

As a junior, Evan Rodriguez stated that he had over 70 tackles and five interceptions while garnering All-State honors.

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