Amari Rodgers has opened his recruitment.
The 4-star, 2017 receiver prospect from Catholic High School (Knoxville, Tenn.) had been committed to Southern California since June.
Rodgers’ father, Southern California receivers coach Tee Martin, was a national championship winning quarterback for Tennessee in 1998. Several schools in the South, including Tennessee, have pursued Rodgers following the dismissal of former Southern Cal coach Steve Sarkisian in October.
However, Southern Cal appeared to be creating some stability late in the season. Former interim coach Clay Helton was given a multi-year contract and Martin is expected to remain in his current position.
My decision had nothing to do with my dad's future as a coach .. It was my decision and is what I wanted to do..
— Amari Rodgers3️⃣ (@arodgers_3) December 10, 2015
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Rodgers hears about the Vols constantly. He attends the same high school as the children of several Tennessee coaches, including head coach Butch Jones, defensive coordinator John Jancek and offensive line coach Don Mahoney.
Rodgers is rated the No. 37 receiver in the country and the No. 7 prospect in Tennessee for the 2017 class.