Posted: 1:25 pm Saturday, December 18th, 2010
By Matt Porter
Park Vista tight end Matt Rodriguez saw no reason to resist a good thing.
Rodriguez narrowed down his college choices in a meeting with Cobras coaches this week. He had offers from UCF and Delaware and interest from several schools, including Duke, Fordham, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
“When I got to Delaware, I said there’s not one bad thing about it,” Rodriguez said. “They said if there’s not one bad thing about it, why haven’t you committed?”
“I said I don’t know. I guess I was just caught up in the recruiting process, seeing who was going to offer me. So I called the coaches and said ‘I’m going to be a Blue Hen.'”
Rodriguez visited Delaware’s upstate campus, located off the Delaware Turnpike in Newark, and liked everything about it.
“The campus, the coaching, when I went up there I fell in love,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez transferred from Summit Christian in the offseason after uncertainty surrounding the Saints’ program. He said his pass-catching was fine, but he had “a lot to work on” when he got to Park Vista.
Rodriguez (6-4, 225, No. 57 on the Big Board) led the Cobras with 8 receptions for 112 yards and 3 touchdowns, but became a big part of the Cobras’ Tre Mason-led run game.
“My blocking’s definitely improved,” Rodriguez said, crediting Park Vista offensive line coach Thadd Pokalba.
Rodriguez joins a group of four area players at Delaware: Dwyer’s Gomez Cambridge and Irvin Titre, and John Carroll’s Matt Marcoelle and Stephen Purkey.