One thing you can't teach is flat-out God-given speed. When a player combines lightning speed and quickness with the toughness of a football player you have a gem in the making. SoCal is home for an athlete who will be highly recruited.
The player with the lightning speed and quickness is running back/cornerback Rodney Glass (5-11, 170, 4.31) from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame.
Glass played primarily running back as a junior but for his senior season he will see action on both sides of the ball adding cornerback to his resume for 2005.
As a junior, Glass led Notre Dame in rushing with 1,326 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also caught 16 receptions for 187 yards.
Glass was able to rack those yards while sharing the football with four-star cornerback/running back and USC bound Cary Harris (6-1, 180, 4.4) who rushed for 1,236 yards and fellow classmate for the class of 2006 quarterback Garrett Green (6-2, 190, 4.5). Green rushed for over 800 yards and threw for close to 1,400 yards.
For his junior season performance, Glass was selected first-team all-league and first-team all-CIF Division III while helping his team to their third straight Division III championship.
What position Glass will end up on the D-I level is anybody's guess.
"I think he's an awfully good running back," Notre Dame Coach Kevin Rooney said. "But he could be an outstanding corner, too."
Rooney should know about running backs, he coached plenty of good ones including former USC and now Oakland Raider, Justin Fargas.
"Rodney has the same kind of burst that Justin had, though he's not as big," Rooney said. "Rodney is a little shiftier than Justin was at the same age."
"Rodney has great vision and has that burst that when he gets a little crevice he's a threat to score," Rooney said. "He averaged a little over 11 yards per carry."
According all the schools that showed interest in Harris are showing interest in Glass. USC, UCLA, Cal, Florida State and Notre Dame lead a parade of schools who are giving Glass recruiting attention.