Louisville’s class of 2018 has already started to take shape and one local standout, Floyd Central’s Zach Rodgers, has been in communication with the Card’s staff, hoping to earn an offer. The 5’11” 200lbs fullback/running back recently visited for the Wake Forest game and gave his thoughts on both the visit and his recruitment in general.
“It was an amazing experience. The tour was great. The coaches made me feel at home. The atmosphere in the stadium was crazy!” Rodgers said. “[Louisville] had a rough first half but seemed to figure it out later.”
During his trip to Louisville the junior back had a chance to meet with Coach Smith and Coach Petrino before the game.
“My meeting with the coaches went well. They said they look forward to watching me grow as a player and they want to see me at a camp this summer and if they like what they see they will offer me.”
With the capability to play both running back and fullback, Rodgers is able to bring a lot of versatility to the table which is something the Cards are looking for.
“I’m not a true running back. I played the season as a fullback so I don’t really have running back numbers, but when I get the ball I run hard and get lots of yards.” Rodgers stated “Louisville said they can see me as [both] fullback and running back. They said that having a player who can play both is huge.”
Coming from a high school that is not necessarily known as a football powerhouse, Rodgers has an uphill battle in trying to get recognized by schools and therefore relies on football camps to show off his skills. “[Louisville] said they are really looking forward to seeing me getting faster and stronger so I can perform well at the camp.” Rodgers remarked.
With communication recently picking up between the Floyd Central back and Louisville, which two coaches has Rodgers been in contact with the most? “The recruiting coordinator Dave Boller and Coach Smith, the running back coach”, Rodgers stated “I would say we have a good relationship. We don’t talk every day but any time I go to camps or visits I talk to both of them because I know them best.”
Along with Louisville, Rodgers has been in contact with Ball State, Purdue, Indiana, and South Florida and while he does not currently hold an offer from UofL, he is determined to earn one “Though Louisville hasn’t offered me I feel that it’s just motivation for me to want to work harder so I can prove to them what I can do.”
For the year, Zach Rodgers has carried the ball 57 times for 498 yards (8.7 yards per carry) with 6 touchdowns.
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