Considering Matt Rodgers could end up as Akron's starting quarterback, I decided to take a look at some of his highlight videos from Seton La Salle High School in Pittsburgh.
The videos aren't like other quarterback recruit videos. Rodgers ran more of a West Coast offense in high school. The passes are crisp and short. Timing is key. Normally, you see a passer showing off his cannon. Rodgers' videos show a guy who certainly can move an offense, but more likely will do it with 10 passes instead of one bomb.
The Zips freshman also shows off some running skills. Although he eludes tacklers with relative ease, one must realize it's only high school. James Laurinaitis won't whiff on a sack attempt.
Rodgers' progression is the biggest surprise in camp. No, the fact that the coaches are considering a true freshman is the biggest surprise.
And in that vein, what about Carlton Jackson and Chris Jacquemain if that happens? I think Jackson's skill set is ideal for a deep-strike wide receiver. Jacquemain, I think, would continue to take snaps as a viable backup quarterback.
A new commitment:
Nathan Schuler, safety, Akron (Springfield HS) Offers: Akron Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 208 Speed: Not listed Notes: Rivals.com does not list Schuler. Scout only says he verballed to Akron. MaxPreps lists his junior year stats, but not much more. If anyone knows more about Schuler, please post it below.
A new offer:
Jamarcus Allen, defensive tackle, Orlando Offers: Akron, Auburn, Kansas State, North Carolina, NC State, South Florida, Virginia Tech and Florida International Height: 5-11 Weight: 242 Speed: 5.0 Notes: Only recently has Allen's stock sky-rocketed. He holds 14 offers, Rivals.com says, although the site only lists eight. Likelihood: Allen recently said he trimmed his short list to three: South Florida, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. J.D. Brookhart's staff includes many great recruiters. But good luck going against Allen's first love (USF), Frank Beamer (VT) and Butch Davis (UNC).
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