Eason receives first offer, hopes for more

The recruiting for Arbor View High School athlete Roderick Eason is beginning to pick up. The talented Aggie star already received one scholarship offer from Colorado, and more should be on the way. Eason is hoping that BYU will be among the schools to pull the trigger.

Roderick Eason is a humble young man with a humble beginning, but don't let his kindness and well-intentioned demeanor fool you when it comes what he's like on the football field. As a two-way player and one of Nevada's top prospects, Eason dominates on both sides of the ball.

"I'm 6'1", 180 pounds and I play slot receiver and defensive back," Eason said. "I run a 4.6 forty and have around a 3.9 shuttle. I bench 250 and squat 385. Colorado already offered me and I didn't expect that one. I met with their coach, but I just didn't see that one coming.

"I like Colorado because it's more on the west cost and closer to home," Eason continued. "They have new coaches and they're excited about me and are trying to rebuild their program from the ground up. I'm grateful that I've received an offer from Colorado."

Eason scored 17 total touchdowns last season.

"At my high school, we run the double wing offense," Eason said. "I played a lot of running back last year. I had around 130 carries for over 1,136 yards last season. For catching, I had around 10 catches for around 360 yards. I was named an all-region athlete and second-team all-state as a defensive back."

Other schools that are recruiting Eason are Nevada, New Mexico and UNLV. BYU is also in the mix, and is taking a good look at him as well.

"I met with a coach from BYU and they said they'll be watching me," Eason said. "I'll be going to his camp this summer. The coaches said they like me and they like my height. They want me to come out to the camp and see me run around out there to see what I can do."

Eason grew up in the foster care system of Nevada. After an LDS family took him in and adopted him as one of their own, Eason joined the LDS faith soon after.

"I had been living with my foster parents, and they were LDS. At my middle school, one of my good friends was Mormon and he wanted me to play church ball with him.

"In order for me to play church ball, I had to go to church at least once a week. After church ball was over, I just continued to go to church. I was asked if I wanted to take the missionary discussion and I said yes. I joined the Church a few years ago and I know the Church is true."

As an active member of the LDS faith, Eason has a strong desire to serve a mission and share what he's been given with others.

"BYU knows that I'm a member of the gospel," Eason said. "My coach told them that I was, and I also want to serve a mission one day. Once you serve a mission, you become a totally different person. You grow and learn so much by sharing the gospel with people. I want to share with others what I've learned and have been given."

Eason's desire to serve a mission is one reason why he is hoping he can perform well enough at BYU's summer camp this year and receive a Cougar scholarship offer.

"I wasn't sure at first if I should go and serve a mission because I don't think colleges would deal with the scholarship issue with me serving a mission," he said. "It's a hard thing to know, but I want to serve a mission. I know BYU is our church college, and serving a mission wouldn't be a problem for me.

"I would like to get an offer from BYU because a lot of my adopted family went there and because I'm LDS too. I like BYU and I know it's a good school. I've always liked BYU and liked their football program. I know that if I go to BYU I can go on my mission and not have to worry about a college giving my scholarship to someone else if I go on my mission. My spiritual life by going to BYU would be good, and so that's why I'm hoping."

While Eason hopes he'll receive a scholarship offer from BYU, he will nevertheless be attending another school's camp soon.

"I'm heading up to Oregon right now for their contact camp they're having up there," said Eason. "I'm heading up there tonight and leaving from Phoenix at 6:30. I'm flying out to Oregon to attend the Nike Camp that's going to be held this Sunday. I'm just trying to get myself out there a little more."

Total Blue Sports will follow Eason's recruitment and report on any further developments.

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