Alabama is the latest school to test Amari Rodgers’ commitment to Southern California.
The four-star athlete told SEC Country that he’s been receiving direct messages lately from the Crimson Tide. He said he’d like to visit Tuscaloosa.
“They are one of the top programs in the country,” the 5-foot-10, 195-pound athlete said. “So I feel blessed they are talking to me. It’s great.”
Rodgers committed to Southern California in June. The Catholic High School (Knoxville, Tenn.) prospect maintains he is still committed to Southern California. The Trojans have an interim coach following the firing of former coach Steve Sarkisian.
His teammate, sophomore offensive lineman Cade Mays, is trying to convince Rodgers to give Tennessee more consideration. The recruiting is non-stop, Mays said.
“Oh, it’s everyday,” the 6-5, 305-pound prospect said. “Every time I can get a little stab in there on him, I give it to him. He loves it and he’s starting to pick up on it I think.
Rodgers has always spoken highly of Tennessee. He visited the campus for the South Carolina game on Nov. 7. One of Rodgers’ primary considerations in his recruitment is his ability to play with his father, Southern California receivers coach Tee Martin, who was a standout quarterback at Tennessee from 1996-99.
Mays certainly understands the debate between the hometown school and Rodgers wanting to play for his father, wherever he might be coaching next season.
“I think he likes Tennessee but he wants to be with his dad,” Mays said. “Anything can happen.”
That’s why Alabama and Tennessee are still lurking.