A year ago, then-Cal coach Jeff Tedford predicted Richard Rodgers could become the best tight end in college football. It didn't happen, but Rodgers decided that he will enter the 2014 draft, the Cal football office confirmed Thursday.
A 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior is the son of Richard Rodgers, who was part of The Play in the 1982 Big Game. Rodgers caught 39 passes for 608 yards in Sonny Dykes' offense this season. A year ago, under Tedford, he struggled with a hand injury and caught 20 passes.
According to sources outside the Cal football office, Rodgers already has signed with an agent. Cal also said that cornerback Kam Jackson, who announced earlier in the week he intends to enter the draft, has told the coaching staff that's his plan.
Meanwhile, Palo Alto native and Fresno State redshirt sophomore wide receiver Davante Adams, the nation's leading receiver with 131 catches, also will enter the draft, the Fresno Bee reported.
Adams, who scored 24 touchdowns this season, had two-year career numbers of 233 receptions for 3,030 yards and 38 TDs.