Iowa State’s 2017 offensive line has taken a big hit, and just over five months away from the beginning of the season. Former 4-star recruit and USC offensive guard Khaliel Rodgers committed to play for Matt Campbell this season as a graduate transfer. However, Rodgers just flipped his commitment away from Iowa State to North Carolina. The former Trojan was expected to start for the Cyclones this upcoming season, but they’ll have to find someone else to fill that role now.
— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) March 24, 2017
Rodgers talked to Inside Carolina a little about his decision yesterday, and he had this to say about North Carolina:
“North Carolina is a great school… It’s just a great coaching staff and they gave me an opportunity. I really thought to myself that it was a great opportunity for me, because it’s only like a 50-minute flight from home, it’s a great area, a great program, and everything just seems to be right there.”
If we’re just going off that quote, it seems that Iowa State didn’t do anything wrong, and that Rodgers would just prefer to spend his final season closer to home. The close to home factor likely hurt Oklahoma State as well, as they were one of his final schools, along with North Carolina, Baylor, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Penn State, and Pittsburgh.
This loss hurts Iowa State, but they’ve got a lot of young talent on the line, and we will likely get to see one of those youngsters step up this season.