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Ticats sign speedster

Courtesy Hamilton Spectator:

Mark this guy’s name down. Prechae Rodriguez.

“He is an interesting guy,” said Tiger-Cat GM Bob O’Billovich of his latest receiver signing.

The Auburn Tigers product is 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. Add in a great set of mitts. Hmm. Interesting indeed.

The Tampa native played three seasons at Auburn, where he caught 38 passes for 530 yards in 36 NCAA games. The rub is Rodriguez initially went to Auburn as a basketball recruit, so he has only played three football seasons. But the Ticat brass say he was the best receiver who attended the club’s recent free-agent camp in Tampa.

So, why isn’t he playing in the National Football League?

“A couple of teams tried to sign him as a free agent, but we convinced him he would have a better opportunity here. As a young player, he would get the chance to play right away. We’re glad he wants to be here,” O’Billovich explained.

The Canadian Football League club also announced three other signings from the Tampa camp. They are receiver Adrian Madise, a 28-year-old former Texas Christian University teammate of Casey Printers, and defensive backs Jacoby Watkins and Tyrone Sanders.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Madise has played in Winnipeg and boasts NFL experience with four clubs.

“He has been working out with Casey in Houston, so we thought we would look at him,” said the GM.

Madise and Rodriguez will battle for jobs with fellow import receivers Tony Miles, Jason Armstead, Frank Murphy, Kelvin Kight, Scott Mitchell and Montiese Culton. And there will likely be one or two names added shortly to that list.

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