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Rodrigues still firm with commitment

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Jake Rodrigues has closely followed all the recent negative news about Oregon's football program and their involvement with recruiting services but the Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney pro-style quarterback said at The Opening that he's not concerned about any NCAA sanctions.
Rodrigues said he's talked with the Oregon coaches and has been reassured nothing major will happen. That's why he reaffirmed his commitment to the Ducks and said "everything is perfect" in his recruitment.
"I'm watching it pretty closely but I've been talking to the coaches and they were saying nothing is going to go bad," Rodrigues said. "I trust them, they trust me and I'm not changing anything. I'm still 100 percent and I'm always going to be 100 percent.
"That's my school so no matter what happens I'm going to stick with them."
The news about Oregon's payment to Will Lyles' recruiting service and the red flags that might be raised from it has piqued Rodrigues' interest though and he said he's talked with the Oregon staff about what happens next.
The three-star prospect said he's confident it won't be a major issue.
"I asked them about that stuff the other day and they said in the end it's not going to be anything," Rodrigues said. "I'm comfortable with them. Everything is perfect."
Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, San Diego State, UCLA, Utah and Washington had also offered Rodrigues but he picked the Ducks on May 27.
Rated No. 10 at pro-style quarterback by Rivals.com, Rodrigues was outstanding at the Stanford Elite 11 regional workout and the Stanford NIKE Camp. He's looking forward to his opportunity at Oregon and has already talked to the staff about what it would take not to redshirt.
"They are straight up and saying if you get the second-string spot or even the first-string spot we're not going to redshirt you because you're going to get playing time," Rodrigues said.
"If not, then they'll probably redshirt me. Right now I'm working really hard so I can win that spot so I don't have to redshirt and I can start in the next few years."
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