A JUCO field general's crimson experience

JORDAN RODGERS HAS a brother who starts in the NFL but he's making some noise of his own this season in the junior college ranks. Rodgers in five games has thrown for 1,118 yards and 10 TD's on 59-of-94 passing with two interceptions. He's also run for a score. He was in Pullman this past weekend on an official visit.

Jordan Rodgers (6-2, 210) left town without a scholarship offer from the Cougs but said the trip to Washington State made an impression nonetheless.

"I liked the environment," said Rodgers, whose brother Aaron Rodgers excelled at Cal and now helms the offense for the Green Bay Packers. "I like that it's a Pac-10 environment and you play against the best competition week in and week out. I was excited to take that opportunity to visit to a Pac-10 school where I think I have the ability to play."

Rodgers, out of Butte College, said he brought along some recent film with him to Pullman.

"They just wanted to express their interest and I brought up my highlight tape and a couple game films of this year which they hadn't seen yet. I think they really liked it...They explained to me their (recruiting) situation and that they're really interested in recruiting me," said Rodgers.

THE COUGAR OFFENSE struggled through a rough outing in a 27-14 loss while Rodgers was there. But he said from what he saw, he thinks a bright future for the Cougars lies ahead.

"It's tough because they're a really young team, they have a lot of freshmen forced to step into situations because of injuries," said Rodgers. "But I think they're on the up. The coaches are doing a great job of recruiting and just kinda turning the program around with the guys they have.

"Obviously they didn't play as well as they would like to have -- they have four injuries on the offensive line right now so the quarterback wasn't getting the time he needed. But I was impressed with how they've handled the situation. I think in the next couple years they could be real good."

Rodgers was a full qualifier out of Pleasant Valley High in Chico, Calif. As a mid-year transfer, he could sign with a school in December and join a program in January and go through the always important spring ball session.

"My host was David Gilbertson, he was great, he's a good guy. It was really interesting being my first visit in seeing how they run things at that level. And I feel I have the ability to play at that level.

RODGERS WAS OFFERED by Kansas this week. He said he's been hearing increasingly from the Jayhawks, as well as from Colorado and Sacramento State.

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