Posted by Bryan Fischer
Rocklin (Calif.) quarterback Jake Rodrigues was one of the standouts at the Elite 11 and Nike Camp held at Stanford earlier in May and the performance sent him shooting up several recruiting boards as a result. Oregon had already had their eye on the 6-foot-3, 210 pound quarterback and a full court press by the Ducks during a recent unofficial visit allowed him to feel comfortable enough with the school and the staff to commit.
"It just felt right," Rodrigues told Scout. "It's where I belong. I just knew right when I got out of the car. And after the visit, it just made the feeling stronger."
Rodrigues had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Miami, Michigan and Nebraska among others. He said earlier that he wanted to make a commitment before the end of the summer so that he could concentrate on his senior season before enrolling in the spring. Oregon offerend him a chance to do that and all the stars seemed to be aligned.
"I talked with Coach (Brian) Kelly and he said I was their number one guy and they were mine, so it worked out perfectly," he said.
A good fit for the Ducks' spread offense, Rodrigues has a very good arm but can also get out of the pocket and pick up a first down if needed. He threw for over 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior last season while also rushing for almost 1,400 yards and another 21 touchdowns.
Oregon was looking to take at least one quarterback this class after one of two did not qualify last year and eventually signed with LSU. Rodrigues is the fifth commit overall for the Ducks class of 2012 and first from the state they get most of their roster from, California.