Roddy has ASU high on list

Caleb Roddy claims 13 scholarship offers including one from Arizona State, and gives the Sun Devils high marks for how they've represented themselves to this point in his recruitment.

Three things about Arizona State interest Louisiana defensive lineman Caleb Roddy.

Roddy said he respects ASU’s business school, likes the Sun Devils’ pressure-focused defense and has an interest playing in the Pac-12.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end from Denham Springs High School said he has been offered an ASU scholarship.

“They’re one of my top ones right now,” Roddy said. “I’m favoring them. I like them a lot actually.”

When asked about ASU, Roddy said he believes the W.P. Carey of Business is one of the best in the county. He said he has an interest in studying either marketing or business management.

When it comes to the football program and more specifically the defense, Roddy said he likes how the Sun Devils get to the quarterback. Roddy said ASU defensive line coach Jackie Shipp has been the coach talking to him. Roddy said Shipp told him he could add to the ASU pressure.

“He said I have a very good pass rush and like my get off is very well so they could use me for pass rushing,” Roddy said.

Roddy said he will not be able to make an unofficial visit to ASU this spring or summer. But, he said he will definitely make ASU one of his official visits in the fall.

Roddy said he has 13 total offers including ASU. He said other schools that have offered him are Arkansas, Arkansas State, Illinois, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana Lafayette, Memphis, San Diego State and Southern Mississippi.

Roddy said he will be taking unofficial visits to Tennessee and Arkansas. He also said he will attend the LSU spring game.

When he makes those visits and when he makes his eventual visit to Tempe, Roddy said he will be trying to find out two things.

He said he wants to explore the city the colleges are in. If he makes a commitment to a college, he is also making a commitment to the city.

“I have to live there for four years,” Roddy said. “So I don’t want to be somewhere that’s boring or somewhere that I’m not going to like. So I kind of (want to) feel the city and feel the environment, see what it’s like there before anything about football.”

During his recruitment process, Roddy said he also wants to find out which coach will be the best mentor for him.

“I look for a team with good coaches that can develop me into the best player I could possibly be and I feel like coach Shipp can definitely do that,” Roddy said.

The fact that ASU is in the Pac-12 also interests Roddy.

“I do know that’s a great football program because play in the Pac-12,” Roddy said. “So it’s got some really good competition…That’s the thing that stands out the most is that I don’t have to go to the SEC. I can go to Arizona State and still be in a great football conference.”

Roddy said he competed in the Nike Opening regionals in Dallas on March 15 and took part in an NUC Five Star Junior Day in Denham Springs on March 22.

Roddy said he does not have any schools leading in his recruitment right now. He said he does not have a set date in mind when he will narrow down his choices or make his recruitment.

He said he should make his decision by the end of the high school football season.

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