Friday night is all right for Colorado football. The Buffs' recruiting class for 2014 picked up another offensive lineman with a verbal commitment from Houston tackle Elijah Rodriguez. The recruiting network Rivals confirmed the commitment by the Cypress Creek High School big man.
Rodriguez becomes the 12th commit CU has picked up under the recruiting coordination of Troy Walters. Rodriguez is the second offensive lineman to join CU for 2014 with Longmont product Isaac Miller pledging in May. Granite Bay, Calif., tight end commit Dylan Keeney could also land on the line when he arrives in Boulder.
Rodriguez is ranked as a two-star prospect by Rivals and Scout and is listed at 6-foot-6, 265 pounds by Rivals and 6-5, 270 pounds by Scout. Rivals has his 40-time at 5.1. The lineman has reported offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Fresno State, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas State, Tulsa and Central Florida.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Rodriguez will move to left tackle for his senior season after playing on the right side of the line during his junior campaign.
"(Rodriguez) is a pretty good athlete," Cy-Creek coach Greg McCaig told the Chronicle. "He's also played on our basketball team for us, so he's got really good feet. And that's probably a more natural position for him."
The Texas tackle was in Boulder earlier this month for an unofficial visit at CU's camp and gave his verbal shortly thereafter. He also took part in one of the Buffs' traveling camps in Texas this summer. Rodriguez plans to study mechanical engineering and faith is an important part of his life.
"The coaches are a great group of Christians. They are good people and great coaches. I feel if I had the opportunity to play there, I could be one of the guys that helps rebuild the program to be extremely successful. I've also always loved Colorado. Boulder is beautiful and I think it would be great to go to school at CU," Rodriguez told Scout in June.
Video highlights of Rodriguez are available on Hudl.