07 August 2012
The world of college football recruiting is a never-ending year long process that never stops. As the experts say, it's never over until the signature comes through the fax on signing day. That process continues for two current Florida Gator verbal commitments. Wide receiver Rodney Adams, and offensive lineman Roderick Johnson.
The sudden resignation of wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Aubrey Hill on Friday has opened things back up for the talented duo.
What was a huge loss for the Gators could be a benefit for the Mountaineers.
Johnson, 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds is rated a 3-star tackle by Rivals.com. He received an offer from WVU back in February, and is a former teammate of current Mountaineer Devonte Robinson at American Heritage School (FL).
"I like the spread offense and I've had a few chit chats with Devonte and he said it was a nice town and stuff," he said. "He's kind of been recruiting me. He told me if it's a school I really love then just commit there, but I want to see some other options first."
Handling the recruitment of Johnson is running backs coach Robert Gillespie.
"He's a really good coach and he's more of a father figure then a coach because he always gives me good advice," he said.
WVU isn't the only school in the mix for Johnson's servies. When the news of Hill resigning at Florida broke, Johnson received a big in state offer.
"I was real excited because I have been talking with Coach (Mark) Stoops for like three or four months about Florida State. It's exciting because of their team and how they play," said the No. 53 ranked player in the state.
Early Friday afternoon, Johnson told Jeff Greer from the Palm Beach Post that he plans on taking a visit to West Virginia in addition to the planned trip to Tallahassee.
When asked if he still considers himself a Gator commit.
"Not much," he replied.
Lakewood High School (FL) wide receiver Rodney Adams was also shocked by the resignation of Hill. He hasn't decommitted from Florida yet, but he is opening things back up. Something that could benefit WVU, given his relationship with defensive line coach Erik Slaughter.
"Coach (Erik) Slaughter and WVU have been recruiting me throughout," he said. "I think I'm a great fit for the offense and I'll get a lot of chances to catch some balls. The program is a good one and I like the spread offense, they throw the ball around."
Adams, 6-foot-1 and 166 pounds is rated a 4-star by Rivals.com. He has offers from programs like Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, and Miami to name a few.
Like Johnson, Adams was shocked when Hill left the Gators.
"I just heard about it 30 minutes ago and it was just a shock to me," said Adams
With everything going on, Adams is shutting down his recruitment so he can focus on his senior season.
The question remains, will the Mountaineers get a visit from Adams?
"I haven't decided who I am going to visit this season, Adams said. "I do know that WVU is definitely going to be one that I am going to see."
EERinsider.com will keep you updated on the talented duo.
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