Former Oregon Ducks quarterback Jake Rodriguez is transferring to San Diego State, according to Rivals.com’s Aztec Sports Report. Rodrigues had already filled out the necessary paperwork with the Aztecs and had been approved by the school’s compliance office, according to their report.
“[Quarterback coach Brian Sipe] talked about me just making plays and leading the team, putting our players in the right situation, being a leader, throwing the ball in the right place and being accurate,” Rodrigues told the site last week, before making his decision final. “They’re really excited, I’m really excited and I can’t wait to see what comes of this.”
The former four-star recruit will have to sit out the 2014 season per NCAA transfer rules but will be eligible t0 play in 2015 and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. Rodrigues had narrowed his list of suitors to the Aztecs and the Texas Longhorns, who had cooled off in their interest in USC transfer quarterback Max Wittek earlier this month.
Rodrigues elected to transfer from Oregon after being unable to separate himself from Jeff Lockie for the backup job to Heisman contender and potential No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Marcus Mariota, during the spring practices and spring game.
The time spent behind Mariota didn’t work out as planned for Rodrigues at Oregon, but when he announced his transfer on May 12, admitted there was a number of positives in backing up one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, according to Brianna Amaranthus of Comcast Sportsnet Northwest.
“It might be hard being behind Marcus, but it might have been the best thing that ever happened to me,” Rodrigues said. “In my opinion he is the number one quarterback in the nation right now. I guarantee he will be the first pick in the NFL draft next year. I learned so much and my quarterback game grew tremendously behind him.”