Paul Rodriguez really wanted to play in the Pac-10 but he found the perfect school that's close to him and getting better each season so the San Bernardino (Calif.) San Gorgonio offensive tackle decided to commit to San Diego State this week.
"They've been recruiting me since the beginning of football season and they finally offered me about a month ago, halfway through the season, and then I committed," Rodriguez said.
"It's close to home and it's a wonderful campus. I'm going on my visit pretty soon, the weekend of December 10, and they have a great business school. That's what I want to study in college."
Arizona State, Washington State, Fresno State and New Mexico also offered Rodriguez, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound prospect but he found everything he wanted at San Diego State. So after the Aztecs offered it wasn't too difficult of a decision to make his pledge.
"I really wanted to play in the Pac-10 but my key was to stay somewhere close to home but stay close on a team that's on the way up," Rodriguez said. "They're on the rise and I want to be a part of that."
San Diego State offensive line coach Darrell Funk had an in-home visit with Rodriguez Tuesday night and the San Gorgonio standout said he often talks with defensive coordinator Rocky Long as well.
Lots of things about San Diego State stood out to Rodriguez from the coaching staff, to the program's success, to the business school and so he decided even though the Aztecs don't play in the Pac-10 that it was the best option for him.
"I liked everything about it so I decided to commit," Rodriguez said. "The coaching staff communicates well and we're already bonding like a family."