VENTURA, Calif. -- The end of August was originally the proposed time frame for when Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure offensive lineman Casey Roddick would announce his verbal commitment from his pool of five colleges.
But along came offer No. 9 from Utah on Aug. 25, creating a shakeup with the three-star prospect’s top five and delaying his verbal commit announcement.
“Anything can change a top five, but I really like Utah a lot," Roddick said during the St. Bonaventure-Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial game, a contest that Roddick didn’t suit up for due to a reported knee injury. "Utah is very nice and it has changed my top five."
Roddick formally announced a top five of Colorado, Oregon, California, San Diego State and Oregon State on July 24, and told Scout that he wanted to make a commitment before the season opener against the Golden Hawks. But now, the Utes have entered his picture.
“I won’t put that list out yet, but I plan on sitting down with my family and making another list for my top five,” Roddick said. “I don’t know what will come in my future but whatever comes in my future can change my top five.”
Roddick didn’t say which school will fall from his list, but one school he remains high on is Cal.
“Cal is a place for intellectual brutality; I know that’s Stanford's motto and I know they’re rivals, but Cal is one of those places I would love to play at,” Roddick said.
Roddick didn’t get a chance to watch the Cal-Hawaii game won by the Golden Bears 51-31 on Aug. 26, but when he learned that 23 of the 35 running plays Cal ran were between the tackles, that number made the 6-foot-4, 342-pounder smile.
“I love the power situations they put themselves in and I like everything about Cal,” Roddick said, who is projected to play guard in college. “Besides the Air Raid offense – which is great – I also love the hard-nosed mentality Cal has.”
As of now, Roddick is considered a game time decision for the Sept. 2 road game against West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, a contest that will feature Chaminade’s highly recruited duo of quarterback Brevin White and running back T.J. Pledger.