From the moment he committed to South Florida, Georgia 2020 quarterback Tate Rodemaker was intent on honoring that commitment unless he got a chance with a Power Five program.
That pledge to South Florida is going to be put to the test after he received the news from Mark Whipple that he’d earned a scholarship from Pitt.
As PSN reported this morning, Rodemaker received the news after a morning meeting at his high school with Whipple. Although the news was exciting, it didn’t come as a total shock.
”It really wasn’t that surprising because I’ve been talking with them for the last 3-4 weeks”, Rodemaker told PSN. “I kind of had a feeling it was going to come sooner or later. They sent me a whole lot of mail the other day from every single one of their coaches so I kind of had a feeling.”
”I’m glad they offered and I’m excited and I want to go visit sometime really soon.”
Although he has been hearing from the Pitt staff, today was the first chance to have an extended face-face talk with Whipple. Not surprisingly, Pitt’s offensive boss was impressing Rodemaker with the topic of the NFL.
“He talked to me a lot about the NFL and his time there but also talked to me about what he’s trying to accomplish at Pitt. He needs someone at quarterback to come there and do what I can do.”
“Coach Whipple said he really liked my arm, my body frame and my athleticism. He saw how I ran a 4.6 in the forty at The Opening. He thinks I have a chance to go to the NFL with my size and skill,” Rodemaker told Pittsburgh Sports Now.
— Pittsburgh Sports Now (@PghSportsNow) November 4, 2019
Since receiving the offer, Rodemaker says that he’s heard from fellow Georgia natives and current Pitt commits Jaylon Barden and Tee Denson, who he’s played against in 7-on-7 and they’re trying to get him to commit and join them at Pitt.
As far as his future goes, while he wants to respect South Florida, Rodemaker plans on exploring the chance at Pitt that will include a visit.
”When I’ve talked with Power 5 coaches, despite being committed already, I told them that I’m open to any opportunity at a Power 5 school because I’m committed to a Group of 5 School. South Florida knows that this is business and I have to explore all my options.”
In terms of a visit, although he wants to visit Pitt soon, nothing has been scheduled as of today.
UPDATE (8:40 PM)- Tonight Rodemaker received an offer from Virginia Tech.
Tate has been going off this year and his team is averaging crazy points. He runs a 4.6 laser 40 time, 35" vertical and has one of the strongest arms in the SE.
— Recruit Georgia (@RecruitGeorgia) November 5, 2019