Commit Impact: Tony Rodriguez

Dawgman.com spoke with City College of San Francisco head coach Jimmy Collins about the commitment of QB Tony Rodriguez and we analyze how the junior will impact that roster this season and the 2016 recruiting class as well...

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Tony Rodriguez
CC of San Francisco (Calif.)
  • QB
  • 6'3"
  • 180


Scouting Report: "Tony is really smart with the ball," Collins said when asked about what the signal-caller does well. "He's accurate and, while he isn't a guy who will be a run-first guy, he can hurt you a little with his legs if you don't account for him.

"He runs about a 4.7, something like that, and, like I said, he's smart with the ball so he's going to take care of the ball and keep things moving."

At 6'3" and just over 180 pounds, Rodriguez has plenty of height, but he definitely is more slight than you would prefer.

He's got a good arm and Collins said his accuracy is outstanding.

"He'll put the ball in the right place for his receivers to make plays after they get the ball," Collins noted. "He's also a really good leader. The guys rally around him and I believe he'll go in there and challenge for playing time."


Stats: Rodriguez finished the season completing 164 of 279 (58.8%) of his pass attempts for 2,382 yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions.


Why Was He Still Available?: "I think a big reason just stems from the fact that, in the first round of the playoffs, he tore the PCL in his left leg and he was done for the rest of the postseason," Collins said. "He actually had a lot of schools looking at him during the season, but once he got injured, they moved on because they needed a guy in January and for spring ball. That sorta killed his recruitment.

"I've known Jonathan Smith for a while and they were looking to add a quarterback to their roster and they really liked what they saw when I showed them his film, so it was sorta a perfect fit for him up there with the chance to go in and challenge for playing time."


How He Fits: The first thing to remember, the Huskies obviously were unwilling to go into the 2015 season with just three quarterbacks.

Yes, there was an opportunity for Cyler Miles to return to the program after he took a "leave of absence" this winter. However, things appear to have moved on with the Huskies adding Rodriguez.

After spring ball, most believed that Jeff Lindquist is the leader heading into the summer, but K.J. Carta-Samuels is also in the mix for the starting spot as well.

Because they want to redshirt true freshman Jake Browning, they needed that third arm and Rodriguez was the best player available.

Expect Rodriguez to get plenty of reps this fall to challenge Lindquist and Carta-Samuels as they ease Browning into things. Can he earn the starting spot? You never say never, but with him missing spring football, Rodriguez is definitely in catch-up mode.


Impact On 2016 Class: The presence of Rodriguez will have no effect on the 2016 class. The Huskies will absolutely take a quarterback in this class and they are still in hot pursuit of several signal-callers including Jacob Eason, Dillon Sterling-Cole and Max Gilliam.

There are also several quarterbacks that the Washington coaches are still evaluating. This group includes Kevin Davidson from McClymonds (Oakland, Ca.), Justin Herbert from Sheldon (Eugene, Or.) and Patrick O'Brien from San Juan Hills (San Juan Capistrano, Ca.) who is currently committed to Nebraska.


The Bottom Line: As noted earlier, the Huskies needed a fourth quarterback for this fall. By any means necessary, they need to keep the redshirt on Jake Browning who looks like he has a bright future, but could definitely benefit from sitting a year.

Rodriguez might seem like little more than a body at this juncture, but if his coach at CCSF is correct and he's back to 100% healthy, he could wind up being a very nice addition to the program. At the very least he'll be a good locker room guy and positive leader both on and off the field.


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