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May 18, 2009The Ohio State coaching staff has been racking up the frequent flier miles as of late checking out recruits from coast to coast during the May evaluation period. One player that has been firmly on the coaching radar but maybe not as much on the recruitnik radar is Southlake (Texas) cornerback Kacy Rodgers.
The Carroll high school star is a big corner measuring in at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds but don't think he is just a misplaced safety with 4.45 second speed in the 40-yard dash and a 35-inch vertical jump. Rodgers already has more than 20 offers including more than a handful from teams in the SEC and Big XII to go along with his Ohio State offer.
Rodgers comes from a fine football bloodline with his father, Kacy Sr., serving as the defensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins after being a four-year letter winner at the University of Tennessee.
Even with all of that going on Rodgers has been doing a good job of keeping things relatively low key and keeping things in perspective for his recruitment.
"Things are going well," Rodgers said. "It is just an ongoing process but it has been going really well."
Rodgers admits that he has been getting a ton of mail from programs but has been doing a very good job of staying in contact with all of the schools regardless of the size of the school and has not really taken any steps to start narrowing things down as of yet.
The Buckeyes already have one commit out of the state of Texas and have been spending some time in the Dallas suburb to try and lure the talented cornerback north to Columbus.
"I have been in a lot of contact with coach (Taver) Johnson here recently," Rodgers said. "They have been to my practice and have made it well known that they really want me up at Ohio State so it is nice."
And what is it about Ohio State that has Rodgers so interested in what the Buckeyes have to say?
"There is just so much tradition there both academically and also athletically," Rodgers said. "It is also the prestige with it being The Ohio State University and that notoriety is crucial and it is just a big time school."
Rodgers admits that location doesn't really mean that much to him in the process and he will go wherever he feels is right for him.
If the Buckeyes were able to secure a signature on NSD from Rodgers the class of 2010 star would instantly be the tallest corner on the team but that just fits the style of play that Rodgers likes to bring to the table.
"I would describe myself as tenacious or aggressive," Rodgers said. "I would say that I am a lockdown corner. I am just aggressive overall and I am a pretty good run guy but I would say that I can be a lockdown because of my size and speed.
Rodgers joked that even with his size that he hasn't delivered too many knockout blows yet in his career but that it will be something to work on.
Rodgers has set a timeline to make a decision by the end of spring or during the summer on his college choice and will not let this drag into his senior season. It will more likely go into the summer however for Rodgers just so he can make the most informed decision.
"If I wait until summer it will give me a better opportunity to see all of the colleges that I want to see," Rodgers said.
And will the Buckeyes be on that short list of schools to see?
"My parents and I were just talking about it and Ohio State is one of the schools that we will be definitely seeing this summer," Rodgers said.