Tyrone Rodgers called it “really a last-minute thing,” saying the decision had weighed on his son preparing for the senior all-star game in St. Petersburg, Fla. In a phone call, McDonough Coach Luke Ethington said Rodgers has not set a revised timetable for when he’d like to announce and could wait until National Signing Day, Feb. 6, to make his decision public.
“He’s going to explain everything when he gets back,” Tyrone Rodgers said by phone from Florida. “He wants to sit back and do a little more homework. It was too much for him this week to concentrate on the game and decide what school he was going to.”
Na’Ty Rodgers, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman, had said he would pick between Maryland, South Carolina and Washington on Friday after visiting each of the finalists at least four times during a thorough recruiting process.
However, Tyrone Rodgers said his son made the call to wait late Thursday night after he had struggled in recent days to make up his mind. Na’Ty Rodgers had listed South Carolina as the front runner in the race but Tyrone Rodgers, a former NFL defensive lineman, said Maryland closed the gap after making a strong impression during Na’Ty’s official visit in mid-December.
Maryland “came on really strong” Rodgers said, “because you know at first it was all South Carolina. . . . South Carolina is still his top school but it may change.”
Last month, Na’Ty Rodgers said he had dreamed about committing on national television, but Tyrone Rodgers said his son was also concerned with the plan set by ESPN for him to announce during the game. Some of his relatives in town for the event were bothered they would not all be allowed on the sideline for the announcement.
Rodgers will play on the White team, led by former NFL coach Steve Mariucci, during the game at 5 p.m. on ESPN alongside Friendship Collegiate seniors Derwin Gray (Maryland) and Yannick Ngakoue (undecided). Briar Woods senior linebacker Matt Rolin (Florida) was selected for the game but will not play because of a knee injury.