Rosenberg (Texas) Lamar Consolidated High School's Jacquizz Rodgers is starting to move the needle. The 5-foot-7 running back has electrified Houston-area stadiums over the past two seasons.
Rodgers had been offered by Baylor, Arizona and SMU as of last week. This week he received offers from Louisiana Tech, Illinois and Oregon State. Boston College and Northwestern are also nearing.
He is ahead of his older brother, James, who didn't receive a Division I offer until the January before signing day. James Rodgers committed to Oregon State after a terrific career at Lamar Consolidated, where he was the district's MVP as a receiver, defensive back and returner.
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"You'd think that he would be favoring Oregon State because James is there," Lamar coach Lydell Wilson. "I really think he's very open-minded about the process and is looking for the best situation for himself. He wants to play early and play running back. I think he will get up to several offers this summer."
Rodgers has rushed for more than 5,000 yards and 68 touchdowns in two seasons, helping lead his team to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.
"He's tough to bring down," Yates defensive end Damion Square said. "You just can't hit him and expect him to come down. He will bounce on you and take it to the house."