USC, UCLA, Oregon among finalists for blue-chip 2023 corner
Rodrick Pleasant is down to six schools in his recruitment, and there’s a heavy West Coast influence.
One of the Class of 2023’s very best athletes, Pleasant announced his final six on Thursday. It’s a group that includes USC, Oregon, UCLA, and Cal alongside Penn State and Boston College.
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— Rodrick Pleasant🗡 (@RodrickP16) July 14, 2022
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound corner is a 4-star in the industry-generated 247 Composite. He ranks as the 103rd overall recruit in the country and the 12th-best corner. The Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Sierra product is also the ninth-ranked recruit from the state of California.
Pleasant has already gone to see Boston College for an official visit, and he plans to take two of his four remaining visits to go see Cal (Oct. 22) and Oregon (Nov. 19) later this fall.
He told 247Sports’ Greg Biggins that Cal lands on his list because of head coach Justin Wilcox’s track record as a defensive mind and the Golden Bears’ developmental chops on that side of the ball.
For Oregon, he told Biggins that he has a strong relationship with DB coach Demetrice Martin and likes the track program Oregon offers in addition to its football opportunities. Pleasant is an elite track athlete for his high school. He set the California state record in the 100m as a junior with a 10.14 time. His 20.40 time in the 200m is also the second fastest in state history behind only Michael Norman, an Olympian.
He told Biggins that UCLA is one of the schools recruiting him the hardest right now, with DB coach Brian Norwood checking in often.
Of USC, Pleasant told Biggins he has a number of family ties. His brother, Dominic Davis, was a Trojan from 2015-2019. He called former USC standout Adoree Jackson “like family” and said he trains with him. Pleasant also said he has a strong relationship with USC assistant Donte Williams and that USC has come on strong in recent months.
He is a dynamic athlete who has done a little bit of everything for his high school. You can view Pleasant’s highlight tape below, via Hudl: