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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Rodgers discusses USC official visit

By Blair Angulo

A number of coaches had made a strong push for U.S. Army All-American Bowl week standout Khaliel Rodgers (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) in recent weeks. The USC offensive line commit half-listened, just in case something happened, but never wavered.

Rodgers’ official visit to USC this weekend was his first -- and last.

“It was the best time ever,” Rodgers said. “I’m not going to take any other visits. I’m solid with USC. This solidified my commitment. It was a great experience. The main thing I got from it was the family feeling within the team. It’s like we’re all brothers, man. They took us in and they took care of us.”

Rodgers, who recently ascended into the ESPN 300 rankings thanks to a superb showing in San Antonio, was hosted by freshman offensive tackle Zach Banner.

“We’re just so close now, it’s crazy,” said Rodgers, the No. 16-rated guard. “Even Robert Woods and Marqise Lee were treating us like we’re just one of their brothers. They don’t even act like superstars or anything like that. Nelson Agholor was a funny guy. We had fun and I think we’re all a family now.”

Though bonding with future teammates and fellow recruits was the most important part of the visit, Rodgers said conversations with the coaching staff were also crucial to the experience.

“I’ve been talking to the coaches since I committed and, basically, I know they’ve meant what they’ve been saying,” Rodgers said. “I just wanted my parents to get down there and for them to experience it. The coaches spent more time with my parents than anything, but I definitely spent some time with Coach (James) Cregg and Coach (Ed) Orgeron.”

The recruiting process is over for Rodgers, who is set to sign on Feb. 6.

“I’m shutting down my recruitment,” Rodgers said. “I’m done and 100 percent USC. No more visits.”