By Josh Low
South Carolina has been in good position for offensive lineman Na'Ty Rodgers (Pomfret, Md./McDonough) since he visited for the Garnet and Black Spring Game in April. He returned to campus this weekend for the first time since that visit and walked away impressed.
"It was really good," Rodgers said about the visit to South Carolina. "I came with my stepdad and my mother. They loved it. The atmosphere was amazing for the game. I also hung out with some of the players after the game. I was with Mason Zandi and Cody Waldrop. They just showed me around Columbia and it was a good experience."
It was the first time Rodgers was able to experience a game in Columbia.
"They played OK," Rodgers said. "There were moments where they struggled but it is still early in the season. The atmosphere was amazing though. That was probably the best atmosphere I've been in and that wasn't a major game. I can't wait to see the Georgia game and what it is like then. My favorite part was just seeing how many people were tailgating before the game and having fun."
South Carolina quarterback coach G.A. Mangus is the recruiter of record for Rodgers. He was able to spend a lot of time with Mangus and also South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliott.
"I talked with both of them," Rodgers said. "Coach Elliott is a great coach. I love coaches with the type of energy he has. He matches the energy you are supposed to have on the field. I was able to sit down with him and he is just a great guy. He just told me that if South Carolina is the place for me, then they want me there."
The 6-foot-5, 278-pounder was also able to sit down with Steve Spurrier on Sunday before leaving campus.
"Coach Spurrier is a legend and it was an honor sitting down with him," Rodgers said. "We didn't talk much about football. We talked about how my season is going and stuff like that."
Rodgers said that he is definitely going to wait until the Semper Fi Marine Bowl on January 4 to make a decision. He has changed up his visit plans.
"I'm still going to South Carolina for the Georgia game but I've changed it to an unofficial visit," Rodgers said. "I'm going to take my official to South Carolina sometime in January. I'm also going to Oklahoma this weekend for an official visit and that is the only other one I have set up right now. I probably will visit Arkansas and Maryland as well."
Rodgers has recently said that his mind is pretty much made up and South Carolina is the clear number one school. Where do things stand now?
"South Carolina is still my number one school," Rodgers said. "It is a pretty good lead. It is going to take a lot for someone to overtake them. The rest of the schools are all in the same boat."
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