UNLV is on a very nice recruiting run right now and added yet another gem to their class after stealing former New Mexico commitment Arturo Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, 6-4, 310 pounds from Las Vegas (Nev.) is the top lineman in the state as well as one of the top three prospects overall regardless of position. He committed to the Lobos shortly after Christmas but when Coach Sanford came to UNLV, it opened up his eyes a bit.
"UNLV always seemed to have real good players but just never did much with them," Rodriguez said. "Now they have a great coaching staff and I really like Coach Sanford. He had great success calling the plays at Utah and he brings discipline to the program that I think will turn things around there.
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"At first, I thought I wanted to leave the area but looking back, I think I may have rushed in to my decision too fast. Now I realize I can stay close to home and still get the benefits of playing for a top program. It was nothing negative against New Mexico. They have a great program and I love the coaches there. They're going to do very well, I just felt UNLV was the best place for me and I wanted to stay closer to home in the end."
Rodriguez could play guard or tackle in college but said he'll start off at tackle for the Rebels.
"They're going to give me a shot at tackle first, that's where I play in high school," Rodriguez said. "They have two line coaches at UNLV. Keith Uperesa will do centers and guard and Gary Bernardi will do tackles and tight ends. I like both coaches a lot and feel very comfortable with both. I'm going to enjoy working with them and I'm excited this decision is over."