Husky practice impresses Rodrigues

As of Monday, Washington had played host to four of the top quarterback recruits on their list. A fifth, Whitney (Rocklin, Ca.) QB Jake Rodrigues made his way north on Tuesday for a day trip in order to meet with the Husky coaches and take in a practice while he continues to evaluate his options. To say he came away impressed with what he saw would be an understatement...

"Oh man, it was an awesome visit," Rodrigues told late this week. "I spent a lot of time on campus, meeting with the coaches, spending time with coach (Steve) Sarkisian and coach (Doug) Nussmeier and I really enjoyed everything about the city, the school and the program."

It was a long day for the talented signal-caller as he awoke early and caught the first flight out of San Francisco in order to spend the day on campus.

"I got there pretty early and met with coach Nuss first," Rodrigues said. "Then I spent time just walking around the facilities and the campus with coach Sark. We talked about a lot of stuff, school, football, the direction of their program and all of that.

"Then I went to the quarterbacks' meeting and then the practice.

"After that, I talked with coach Sark one more time and he didn't pressure me to commit or anything, but he said if I figure out where I want to go, don't wait and possibly miss out on an opportunity."

Rodrigues then caught a late flight out of Sea-Tac to arrive home.

"It was a long day, but it was productive and it was well worth it for me to get up there," Rodrigues said. "I really loved the city, it's beautiful, and I really liked the up-tempo practice they had. It reminded me a lot of what we strive for in our practices and they were really efficient. It was great."

Rodrigues still sports only two offers -- Washington and Michigan -- but is getting heavy interest from Boise State, Oregon, USC and Washington State among others.

He said he'd like to make it out to some other schools once the summer gets underway in order to meet with those coaches and said he'll take part in USC's Rising Stars camp as well as several Nike camps.

"I'm still holding to my timeline of making my decision by the start of my season," Rodrigues said. "Washington is right at the top for me right now and I want to see Michigan too and just evaluate things to make sure it's the best situation for me.

"All of these schools recruiting me have a lot to offer, so I have to make sure I'm looking at the big picture and not just one thing like playing time or the offense.

"That will play a part in it, but it won't be the only thing I consider."

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 back in March. "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."

We'll continue to keep track of Rodrigues and he continues to wade his way through the recruiting process and will update news as it happens with him.

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