Stanford Elite 11 notes
Jake Rodrigues' amount of offers are sure to increase after his recent performance
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- He may not have come in with the biggest reputation at the event, but quarterback Jake Rodrigues (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) lit up the Elite 11 regional quarterback camp and showed he deserves to be mentioned among the top signal-callers in the country.
Rodrigues has five scholarship offers on the table so he can't be labeled a sleeper; however, you don't see his name mentioned much on a national level but that should change after Friday.
"He has the total package of size, athleticism and arm strength," lead Elite 11 coach Matt James said. "He plays in a spread type offense but would be a good fit in any offense. He can make every throw, he loves to be coached and has a high ceiling and will continue to get better."
Fellow Elite 11 QB coach and former Super Bowl winning QB Trent Dilfer echoed those statements.
"I watched his film and seeing him in person, he's a very impressive player," Dilfer said. "He's what you're looking for and has a great chance to not only make the final Elite 11 but be the best player at that camp."
Rodrigues attended the Elite 11 regional a year ago and he said that definitely helped him prepare for the event this year.
"I knew a lot of the drills and how to prepare for the camp this year," Rodrigues said. "I've been training like crazy for this camp working on my feet, my release, everything. Overall I thought I did pretty well and loved the competition.
"I know a lot of these guys from seeing them at different camps or reading about them and it was a great competing with them. I've known Zach Kline (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) for a while and I know Bart Houston (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) as well. There were a lot of great quarterbacks out here and I'm the kind of guy that thrives on competition. I want to be the best I can be and that only comes from working and I don't want anyone to outwork me."
Rodrigues' recruitment could heat up shortly as more schools have the opportunity to visit him over the spring.
"Oregon just came by my school and said they're very close to offering," Rodrigues said. "They have to run a background check or something but it sounds like it's a done deal and I'm very interested in them. I'm also going to camp with USC and Tennessee and I think I'll camp with Oregon as well.
"I want to make my decision sometime in June or July because I plan to graduate early. I'll graduate in December and then enroll in January so I know I have to speed up the process a little bit. I'm still open to everyone who wants to recruit me, though, and I'm not closing any doors. Hopefully things will pick up and I'll have more options but I'm excited about where things are going right now."
Rodrigues wasn't the only quarterback who had a strong camp. In fact, you can make a strong argument that this Elite 11 regional was the most talent-laden camp in the last five years.
"I honestly feel there could be at least eight kids here who could play in the NFL someday," Dilfer said. "There was so much talent out there that it was tough to choose who should be in the top group. A lot will depend on how hard they work and how sharp they are in picking up an offense, but the raw talent is definitely there."
Oregon checking out Rohach
Moorpark (Calif.) signal-caller Grant Rohach had a solid camp and stayed in the top group all day long. The signal-caller gave an early commitment to Iowa State but will be visited Monday by one of the nation's premier programs.
"Oregon is coming to watch me on Monday," Rohach said. "I'm still very committed to Iowa State but Oregon is one of the best programs in the nation. They have a great offense and you have to take a look at them, but I love Iowa State and that's still my school."
As a junior, Rohach threw for 1,867 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for another 331 yards and seven more scores.
Morin lands first offer
Matt Morin (Temecula, Calif./Chaparral) earned QB MVP at the SoCal Nike camp and one prevailing question that came out of the camp was how is this prospect still waiting for his first offer?
That can no longer be said as Morin picked up his first offer last week.
"Colorado State just offered me," Morin said. "It feels great to have this offer, it's like a huge weight off my back. I'm going to camp with USC and I'm also interested in Miami, Washington and Boise State and could visit all of those schools as well."
How did Washington land Lindquist?
Washington pulled of a huge coup when by beating out Stanford for talented quarterback Jeff Lindquist (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island). Both of Lindquist's parents attended UW, and he has a brother who swims for the Cardinal.
"It was a tough decision because I loved both schools," Lindquist said. "My family was very supportive and I didn't feel any pressure from any of them trying to steer me to a certain school. They let me make my own decision and when it came down to it, I just felt like UW was the best fit for me.
"I wanted to stay close to home and I like the pro-style offense at Washington. The school may not be as strong as Stanford academically, but it's still one of the top academic schools in the nation. I like the coaching staff a lot and Steve Sarkisian is a great quarterback coach and I know he'll prepare me to be the best quarterback I can be."
Ferguson looking for offer No. 1
One of the pleasant surprises of the camp was Tyler Ferguson (Bakersfield, Calif./Ridgeview). The signal-caller has the size and mobility colleges covet and had a very impressive performance Friday.
Ferguson is still waiting for his first scholarship offer but it could be right around the corner.
"I'm visiting San Jose State next week and I think they could offer," Ferguson said. "They're definitely showing the most interest in me and I have a high interest in them as well. There are a few other schools I like but San Jose State is right up at the top."
A year ago, it was Rodrigues, Kline and Houston who all shined as underclassmen at the Elite 11 regional QB Camp at Cal and are now among the nation's top quarterback prospects.
On Friday, a handful more underclassmen had very good days and will be ones to watch over the coming seasons.
Cooper Bateman (Salt Lake City, Utah./Cottonwood), Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline), Zack Greenlee (Stockton, Calif./Lincoln) and Israel Pao Pao (Oceanside, Calif./Oceanside) were just a few in the talented group of underclassmen who impressed.
Bateman (Utah) and Browne (Washington) are already holding early scholarship offers, while Greenlee has been compared favorably to Kline (the two work out together) and Pao Pao earned all-state underclass honors and is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the state.
Greg Biggins is a regular contributor to ESPN.com's West recruiting blog and handles player personnel for the Nike Football Training Camps for ESPNRISE.com.
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