Huskies are first to offer Rodrigues

The Huskies got in the mix early for Whitney (Rocklin, Ca.) QB Jake Rodrigues when they offered him last week. spoke to the talented Nor Cal signal-caller and he filled us in on how recruiting has picked up over the past week...

As a junior last fall, Rodrigues was a dual-threat throwing for over 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns while running for over 1,300 yards and 21 more scores.

"I've always considered myself a quarterback who is an athlete," Rodrigues told "I like making plays however I can and I can use my legs to do it or my arm, it doesn't really matter to me."

With that super productivity, Rodrigues put together a solid highlight tape and sent it out to the Huskies, along with several other schools.

After spending some time watching it, the Huskies called his coach and got Rodrigues on the phone.

"I got on the phone and talked to their defensive line coach (Johnny Nansen) and then he said he wanted to let coach (Steve) Sarkisian talk to me," Rodgrigues said. "When he got on the phone he said he liked me a lot and that they'd been watching my film for the past three weeks and liked me so much that they wanted to offer me.

"It was like a dream come true for me. I have grown up always wanting to play college football, especially Pac 12 college football, so that was a huge thing for me."

Rodrigues said Washington being the first offer -- Michigan extended an offer 30 minutes later -- will weigh heavily during the decision-making process.

"I had met Jake Locker a couple of times at camps that I went to and I think my game is really a lot like what he did," Rodrigues said. "He seemed like such a great guy and he is what really got me interested in them.

"I watched them last year and they did really well as the season went along and their win in the Holiday Bowl was big.

"They offered me first and that is a big deal to me. They had faith in me before anyone else."

I addition to the two schools who have offered, Rodrigues said he's hearing from a lot of the Pac 12 and could see some offers come in from there as well.

"Oregon has been a school talking to me a lot and so has Washington State and Boise State too," Rodrigues said. "I sent my film out to a lot of schools, so I'm hoping a lot come and look at me and give me a shot.

"I'm going to head to USC for their Rising Stars camp and probably a few others, but I'm not sure which ones right now.

"I'm going to go up to Washington over spring break to watch some of their spring practices and I want to head up to Boise State for a weekend as well."

Rodrigues said he plans to make his decision over the summer and doesn't mind competition, but said another quarterback committing to a school will play into where he ultimately ends up.

"It won't eliminate a school if they get a quarterback to commit, but it will definitely be something I consider," Rodrigues said. "I want to play and I want to play early. I'm not worried about competition because I know I will have to battle for any position I want, but on the other hand, it isn't necessarily the smartest thing to go to a school where another QB will be in the same class.

"I'll weigh that part along with the type of offense they run, how the coaches do in getting quarterbacks ready for the next level and also just how I fit into the program and with the team.

"The school will play a big part, but I feel like I can get a good education anywhere, so a lot will have to do with the football program."

We will continue to keep track of Rodrigues in the coming weeks and months and will update news as it happens.

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