The three-star defensive end from Delham Springs (La.) High named Arkansas his leader after visiting Fayetteville in April, but has seen his offers more than double since then.
“Arkansas is still very high on my list for sure,” Roddy said. “The visit I took there was the best I’ve ever been on. I haven’t counted them out completely; I just had to reconsider my options because I’ve received 15 offers since then.”
Coming into Fayetteville with 13 offers, Roddy is up to 29, with recent offers from Pitt, North Carolina State, Missouri and Texas, among others.
While the experience has been a whirlwind, Roddy said he is soaking it in.
“The process is extremely hectic, but I love it,” Roddy said. “This is what I’ve worked my whole life for. It’s a great experience.”
Roddy will visit LSU, Texas A&M and Texas this summer, but he is keeping in contact with Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith via Twitter.
Arkansas’ recent history with successful defensive ends, including NFL draft picks Chris Smith and Trey Flowers, is something Roddy really likes about the Razorbacks.
“That definitely piques my interest,” Roddy said. “The love the coaches showed me stood out a lot. They could really use me in their scheme.”
A week after his visit to Fayetteville, Roddy and his girlfriend, Bailey Clary, made headlines when Clary tweeted a photo of the mail she received from Arkansas.
“That was pretty crazy,” Roddy said. “Neither of us were expecting it to blow up that big. It was pretty cool to be honest.”
Roddy said no other schools have followed the Razorbacks’ lead in recruiting his girlfriend.
On the field, he made 76 tackles, including 20 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He also batted down five passes and forced three fumbles.
Visiting schools this spring has been fun, but Roddy said he was particularly excited about getting back on the field for spring practice, which ended May 19.
“It went great,” Roddy said. “I was so anxious to get back in pads and hit somebody.”