Allen's Rodriguez, LaGrone accept late offers

ALLEN, Texas -- Schools didn't leave Allen receiver Andrew Rodriguez wondering why they weren't interested in his services during the recruiting process.

If he were a couple inches taller, it would be a different story.

"They'd say that, literally," Rodriguez said. "The guys they offered, I'd done way more than they have. A lot of it is about size."

But at least one program was willing to overlook his height -- Houston. The Cougars made a late offer to Rodriguez on Saturday, and he made it official on Wednesday by signing a national letter of intent.

"Houston is a receiver's dream because of how much they throw the ball," he said.

Rodriguez was one of the most productive receivers in the area this year, catching 64 balls for 1,463 yards and 18 touchdowns in 12 games.

But standing at just 5-10, Rodriguez garnered attention from only North Texas, Texas State and Iowa State, none of which offered him a scholarship. He decided to commit to Division II Lindenwood.

Enter Allen linebacker Thaddeus LaGrone. LaGrone was originally committed to Baylor but was kicked off the team at Allen during the regular season, leaving him without a home as well.

Houston came to Allen to offer LaGrone last week and watched Rodriguez work out while they were there. The Cougars invited Rodriguez to visit the campus and made him an offer shortly after.

"I was just really excited," Rodriguez said of getting the offer. "It's the opportunity of a lifetime."

Rodriguez and LaGrone weren't the only Eagles to accept late scholarship offers. Receiver Courtland Tolbert, who was relegated to the third receiver role this season, signed with Air Force. Offensive lineman Abe Abdelkarim signed with Nevada.