Bloomington – Colin Rodkey was all set to make his college decision official Thursday, but he encountered one problem.
He couldn't get a hold of anyone on the IU staff to let them know.
With his mind made up about committing to the Hoosiers, the Monroeville (Penn.) Gateway H.S. offensive lineman tried to call IU Coach Bill Lynch, but he was in Chicago for the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon. He then tried to get in touch with recruiting coach Brian George, but he was tied up in meetings all day.
That forced Rodkey to wait until Friday to alert the staff about his decision.
"I was kind of holding my breath to see if they were going to answer," Rodkey said.
But the IU staff did answer Friday, and Rodkey let them know he had decided to play his college football in Bloomington. The 6-5, 275-pound offensive lineman had approximately 12 scholarship offers and ultimately picked IU over West Virginia and Army.
"I checked out a lot of my offers, did my research, talked to the coaches and academic people and decided Indiana was the best, most well-rounded place and the best fit," Rodkey said. "It's Big Ten football, great academics, I love the staff, and I think the area is great. I felt really comfortable there."
Rodkey is the third offensive lineman to commit for the 2009 class, joining Charlie Chapman and Pat McShane. Rodkey said Indiana recruited him to play tackle, although the staff thinks he's versatile enough to play guard as well.
That versatility was one of the things that appealed to IU, along with plenty of other tools the IU staff saw on his junior film.
"They said they like my feet and my athleticism," Rodkey said. "I used to play tight end in junior high and as a freshman. They also like my size and my frame and the fact I'm a good student."
Rodkey was equally impressed with the Hoosier program. He said he's only been to Bloomington once, but that trip to town coupled with what he's seen and heard from the IU staff convinced him the program had everything he was looking for.
"I think (IU offensive line coach Bobby Johnson) is a great coach and they're doing really good things there, it's a program on the rise," Rodkey said. "IU could be a Big Ten title contender before too long."
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