A lengthy relationship between Summerville (S.C.) Cane Bay prospect R.J. Roderick and Western Kentucky assistant head coach Steve Spurrier, Jr., could pay dividends for both.
The pair began forming a relationship with Spurrier coached receivers at South Carolina and began recruiting Roderick to do just that for the Gamecocks. This week Spurrier extended a scholarship offer with the intention of having Roderick be part of the Hilltopper offense.
"I'm very thankful and it's the first to come at the wide receiver position," he said.
It's not the first offer from Roderick, and it won't be the last, but all to this point are targeting as a future member of their secondary or at running back.
The 6-foot, 205-pound athlete is being recruited starred on both sides of the ball last fall. Offensively, he is a dual-threat quarterback that rushed for 1,778 and 23 touchdowns, while also throwing for 613 yards and five additional scores. He was an All-State and All-Region selection following his junior season.
His relationship with Spurrier will likely result in Roderick making a visit to learn more about the WKU program.
"I've been speaking with him a lot prior to him coming to the school so he'd already known a lot about me and an idea of how he planned to utilize me," he said. "I'd been a little bigger than he'd expected which worked out in my favor."
Roderick also holds scholarship offers from South Carolina, Virginia, NC State, East Carolina and others. A number of additional ACC programs, including defending champion Clemson, are also keeping tabs on Roderick.