Hard-Nosed Hybrid Defender Enjoys USF Camp

Hard-Nosed Hybrid Defender Enjoys USF Camp

Rodrick Archer, a physically imposing safety prospect out of Plantation (Fla.) South High School, remains committed to Charlie Partridge and the FAU Owls, but is open to hearing recruiting pitches from other schools, including South Florida.

Last year around Thanksgiving, the University of South Florida was offer No. 3 for Plantation (Fla.) South hybrid defender, Rodrick Archer. Possessing a chiseled frame at 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, Archer is physical as a linebacker, but has the speed, agility and size for a primetime safety prospect.

The Florida Atlantic commit was in attendance for the University of South Florida's Sling n Shoot 7-on-7 Tournament on Saturday, and had a great time competing against some of the top-tier talent that's spread out across the Sunshine State.

"The camp was great and my team did a pretty good job," Archer said. "We have to improve on some things, but overall it was a good time up there."

Archer is fully committed to Charlie Partridge and the Owls, who are having an outstanding year on the recruiting trail. But with National Signing Day nearly six months away, the Bulls have no intentions of letting up the full court press from defensive line coach, Eric Mathies.

"I speak with coach Mathies almost twice a week, so we have a good relationship going on," Archer said. "They predict me to play outside linebacker more like Ryan Shazier. I kind of like that because I like to hit and I actually see myself playing that in college. I could also see myself playing strong safety."

The South Plantation standout doesn't plan to use up all five of his official visits in the fall that the NCAA issues student-athletes each year. But there's an additional school out of the AAC that's starting to creep up his list.

"As of right now, I think I'm pretty much done with all of my visits," Archer said. "Although, I might take a couple of my teammates to FAU on Monday.

"I'm going to take two officials during the season. Cincinnati is one of my top schools. I actually like Cincinnati a lot."

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