High school football: OU commit Dalton Rodriguez living the dream at Tulsa Union

SUPER 30 — Dalton Rodriguez grew up wanting to play football for Tulsa Union. The Redskins have won titles in his first three years of high school, and Rodriguez commited to OU in May.
by Ryan Aber Published: July 17, 2012
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“You've got to think in a completely opposite way,” Rodriguez said. “Run blocking, running up on the linebacker, that stuff is hard. But I like offensive tackle. It's just fun. You get to protect the quarterback and go one-on-one more.

“I won't be disappointed wherever I end up though.”

The key there is how much more weight Rodriguez can add to his frame.

Until his ninth grade year, Rodriguez played basketball for the school. The change in sports kept Rodriguez's weight in flux.

“I was really scrawny until I quit basketball,” Rodriguez said. “All the weight I'd gain in football, I'd lose pretty quickly once basketball season started.

“Being a lineman, I was so skinny, I just had to rely on my speed. Now, I can use my abilities better and they can't just push me around.”

Basketball did have its advantages, though, pairing him up with Tulsa East Central's Stanvon Taylor, who is also a standout defensive back.

Rodriguez and Taylor played AAU basketball together and were each nearing their decisions on where to play college football around the same time.

Rodriguez committed first, pushing Taylor over the edge to make his decision and commit to OU. Taylor's public announcement came a day earlier than Rodriguez's, though.

“I was just ready,” Rodriguez said. “I wanted to make the right decision and not hurry it, but when Oklahoma offered me, it just felt right.”


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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The Oklahoman's Super 30

The Oklahoman's Super 30 feature series on the state's top football recruits continues with No. 5, Tulsa Union lineman Dalton Rodriguez. Here are the last three players we've written about in the series:

No. 8: Devin Rolan, McAlester

No. 7: Maurice Chandler, Lawton

No. 6: Khari Harding, Edmond Santa Fe

Up next: The No. 4 player on the Super 30 list spent the week of July 4 leading America's team — not the Dallas Cowboys, but Team USA's U19 squad — in international competition. Meet him in Thursday's Oklahoman.

No. 5: Dalton Rodriguez

School: Tulsa Union

Height: 6-6

Weight: 258

Position: Offensive tackle

Recruited by: Committed to Oklahoma. Also has offers that include Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State and Tulsa.

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