Quizz Rodgers sticks with OSU
Top recruit would play tailback; QB prospect keeps Beavers on list
Jacquizz Rodgers says he is coming.
Sean Renfree is a maybe.
Rodgers, the Texas 4A player of the year who set a state record for career touchdowns, says he is firm on his verbal commitment to sign with the Beavers, despite growing interest from other schools.
Renfree, a highly regarded quarterback out of Scottsdale, Ariz., says OSU is one of five schools he is considering after decommitting from Georgia Tech following a coaching change there. Renfree - ranked as the nation's No. 14 prep senior QB by Rivals.com - says he will take three official visits before the Feb. 6 letter-of-intent signing date.
'I'm coming for sure,' says Rodgers, a tailback who is the younger brother of OSU's star freshman, James Rodgers. 'There are some schools that have come on a little late, but I'm going to Oregon State.'
Rodgers led Richmond's Lamar Consolidated High to the state championship this season. He committed to the Beavers after making an unofficial visit to Corvallis the weekend of the Sept. 29 UCLA game. He says he will make an official visit to Corvallis this month - probably the weekend of Jan. 25 through Jan. 27.
'They showed me a good time (on the unofficial visit), treated me well,' Rodgers says. 'I got a chance to go in the locker room, and I was with the team at game time. I liked the coaches - Coach (Mike) Riley seems like a cool dude.'
During the September trip to Corvallis, the Rodgers brothers squared off in a one-on-one duel, taking turns playing the role of receiver and defender, at the Merritt Truax Indoor Center. They have a friendly rivalry, with each brother pushing the other to greater athletic success.
'It influenced me a little to be able to play with my brother again,' Rodgers says.
Rodgers - called 'Quizz' by everyone - is about the same size as his brother at 5-7 and 185 pounds. James, who runs a 10.33 100 meters, 'probably has more speed,' Jacquizz says. 'I have more quickness and agility.'
While James is ensconced at flanker, OSU coaches intend to use Jacquizz at tailback, where he will challenge heir apparent Ryan McCants for playing time next season.
Jacquizz says he is impressed that Oregon State has been in bowl games seven times in nine years, but he wants to help the Beavers reach higher aspirations.
'I want to play in January,' he says. 'That's what it's all about.'
The 6-3, 200-pound Renfree told OSU coaches he was their second choice when he opted for Georgia Tech. But after he decommitted from the Yellow Jackets, Renfree said he would consider Arizona State, Oregon State, Boise State, Duke and Nebraska.
Now Renfree says he is not leaning any way as he eyes official visits to Boise State, Duke and Nebraska. He says he won't visit ASU or OSU because of time constraints and his familiarity with both schools.
'Arizona State's been great, and it's so close to home,' Renfree says. 'I've been up to Corvallis twice and liked it, but I can't say (the Sun Devils or Beavers) are ahead of the others. I'll finish my (official) visits and then decide.'
Renfree came to Corvallis for an unofficial visit during spring ball in April and attended an OSU camp in the summer. The Beavers were the first to offer him a scholarship.
'I like the coaches there most of all,' says Renfree, who is interested in engineering. 'It's a great coaching staff, with a lot of character. They run a great offense for a quarterback, definitely. They have a nice stadium and indoor facility. My initial impressions were real good.'
Oregon State has one verbal commitment from a high school quarterback - Ryan Katz, 6-2, 195, from Santa Monica, Calif., who is rated as the 20th-best QB nationally by Rivals.com.
Arizona State has a verbal from Jack Elway of Englewood, Colo., the son of the great John Elway.
Oregon State can accept about four more commitments. One will be a punter - the leading candidate is Jon Teague of Newton, N.C., though OSU coaches still are evaluating him and no offer has been made. West Salem High receiver Jordan Bishop, who has a scholarship offer, is another possibility.
At least 10 recruits will visit Corvallis the Jan. 18 weekend. Coaches are considering bringing in Grant's Andre Broadous and Central Catholic's Demetrius Guice for a visit.
• Coaches hope offensive tackle Tavita Thompson, who missed the second half of the 2007 season due to NCAA suspension issues, will regain his eligibility in time for spring practice.
• Three of Oregon State's four junior college recruits - offensive guard Brent McNeil and H-back Jeremy Francis of El Camino College in Torrance, Calif., and defensive tackle Steven Paea of Snow College in West Valley City, Utah - have signed.
Offensive tackle Vil Nau of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., has until Jan. 15 to sign a JC letter, or he could sign with the prep seniors on Feb. 6.
• Linebacker Joey LaRocque has been added to the West roster for the Hula Bowl on Jan. 12 at Honolulu, joining an Oregon State contingent that includes defensive end Jeff Van Orsow, tailback Yvenson Bernard and special-teams player Gerard Lawson. Portland State center Brennen Carvalho also is on a West team that will be coached by Mike Riley.
OSU assistants Danny Langsdorf, Mark Banker and Mike Cavanaugh will be on the West staff. After the game, Riley and his three aides will stay in Hawaii to recruit.
- Kerry Eggers