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Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Na’Ty Rodgers of McDonough to make college pick during Under Armour All-America game


McDonough's Na'Ty Rodgers currently has South Carolina atop his list of suitors. (Toni L. Sandys - The Washington Post)
McDonough senior Na’Ty Rodgers plans to announce his college choice during the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 5, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman said Tuesday he currently has South Carolina atop his list of suitors with Maryland and Washington close behind.

Rodgers will make an official visit to Maryland this weekend and head to Washington, where his father Tyrone once played on the defensive line for the Huskies, the following weekend. His top five had also included Oklahoma and Arkansas.

“Now that the season is over it’s really time for me to sit back and make my decision,” said Rodgers, who had accumulated 25 offers. “I’m just weighing my options and taking my time because it’s something I’ll have to live with for the rest of my life.”

Rodgers said he has made six unofficial visits to South Carolina, most recently to watch the Gamecocks host Arkansas on Nov. 10, the day after his high school season ended with an 18-7 loss to Gwynn Park in the Maryland 2A South playoffs. He also took an official visit to Oklahoma during the season and attended several Maryland games in College Park.

The schools will have a month to make their final pitches to Rodgers before he announces his intentions before a national television audience.

“I’ve dreamed about it for a while,” Rodgers said. “I’ve wanted to do that since I was probably in 9th grade. Seeing dudes [announce their commitments] on ESPN, that’s the way you want to do it.”

In the Under Armour All-America Game, Rodgers will be joined by offensive lineman Derwin Gray (Maryland) and linebacker Yannick Ngakoue of Friendship Collegiate. Briar Woods linebacker Matt Rolin (South Carolina) was also selected but will not be able to participate after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament last month.

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