Future Coug Rodgers skyrockets up charts

SPOKANE'S JAKE RODGERS, a big body from Shadle Park who committed verbally in May to play his college ball at Washington State, is rocketing up the national talent charts. In new rankings from Scout.com, Rodgers is rated the No. 31 prospect in the nation at his position, and one of the tops in the West. In entering this upper echelon, he joins fellow Spokane product and future Cougar Aaron Dunn.

The 6-7, 245-pound Jake Rodgers was unrated for much of the last year and then given the standard two-stars that are accorded any athlete verbally committed to a major-conference school. But after reviewing game film, Scout.com analysts sent Rodgers soaring. He's now rated three stars and the No. 8 tight end prospect in the West.

"(He) has great size and speed and will team with Aaron Dunn to form a stellar tight end combination," writes Scout.com.

However, whether Rodgers ends up at tight end in college remains to be seen because he has the frame and arm length to possibly play several positions on either side of the ball -- some think he could develop into a prototypical Pac-10 left tackle for the Cougs.

As a junior in 2008, Rodgers earned first-team all-GSL honors at tight end. He was one of only three juniors on the 17-man first team offense. He also was a key member last season on Shadle Park's hoops team, where he played alongside incoming Cougar hoopster Anthony Brown.

Dunn, who started out at Shadle Park but moved to Mead High a year ago, missed much of last season with a knee injury but has been on the national recruiting radar since his freshman season when he took the GSL by storm in both football and basketball. Last summer, between his sophomore and junior seasons, he became the youngest verbal commit in WSU football history.

Dunn (6-6 1/2 and 235 pounds) is the No. 4-rated tight end on the West Coast and is pegged No. 8 in the nation. He also is rated among the overall top 300 high school senior football prospects in the land. Scout.com dubs him someone who "could be a special player" in college.

Besides Rodgers and Dunn, WSU has six other verbal commitments for its 2010 recruiting class. The complete list can be found HERE. One of those other six is quarterback Connor Halliday, who, like Rodgers and Dunn, hails from Spokane.

Their crimson commitments continues a recent trend out of the Lilac City. Two Spokane kids – Travis Long and Chris Mastin – signed with WSU in the most recent recruiting class, with Elliot Bosch coming in as an invited walk on, and the year before that Jared Karstetter and Dan Spitz came to the Cougs from Spokane.

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