As a junior at Seabreeze, Rodriguez rushed for 925 yards on 114 carries and had 10 touchdowns. He was also a factor coming out of the backfield with 15 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned a punt for a score. In his eyes, he feels like he could have done better.
"It's my opinion that I slowed down last season," he said. "I'm ready to turn it back up again. I've improved on my footwork, speed, and vision. Honestly, I'm hoping to get 2000 rushing yards and break the school rushing record. I want to be known as one of the best running backs to have come through Mainland."
Rodriguez claims between 11-12 offers at this time from the likes of Boston College, Duke, Memphis, North Carolina, Temple, Wake Forest, and Vanderbilt. There's on ACC school, in particular, that was a childhood favorite and where Rodriguez says he'd love to play.
"Growing up my dad would take me to Miami games and I fell in love with the program," Rodriguez explained. "I saw guys like Roscoe Parrish and Devin Hester play. The fans were crazy. I'd have to say they're my favorite right now, but I'm open. I still want to take my visits.
"Basically, I want to go to a school that isn't loaded up at running back. I'm going to take a look at the depth chart and see where I'd fit if I go play there. I think I can adapt to any style of offense so that doesn't matter to me. The main thing is getting a good education. I'd like for recruiting to be over and have my decision made by the end of summer. We'll see."
Rodriguez rushed for 120 yards on 14 carries in the Seabreeze loss to Mainland in 2012. Now he'll suit up on the side of the Buccaneers who finished 9-4 last season in Florida Class 6A.