Tigers are on Dodge's radar

LSU is looking to sign at least one and possibly two quarterbacks in the 2008 class and one that is on the radar is Southlake (Texas) Carroll's Riley Dodge.

Last year as Texas Player of the Year, Riley Dodge put up some amazing numbers and in two years he hopes to be doing the same at a big-time college program.


The 6-foot, 180-pounder racked up 4,300 yards through the air and 1,300 on the ground for a combined 67 touchdowns (54 passing and 13 rushing).


So far, Dodge has received offers from SMU, Rice and Tulsa, with letters coming in from LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Missouri and Oklahoma State, amongst others.


What do coaches see in the talented field general?


"I think I'm a very accurate quarterback and can distribute the ball all over the field," said Dodge. "My speed (4.4) and legs are a big attribute, because when things break down I can still make something happen or just open up a defense."


Dodge said LSU is a team that he has followed over the years and that he has been a fan of head coach Les Miles since he was at Oklahoma State.


"The tradition and atmosphere at LSU is great," said Dodge. "SEC football, it just doesn't get any better. You play against the top athletes and players week in and week out. The school and the fans just make it seem like a great place to be. They just put up victories."


With that said, though, an early favorite is the Texas Longhorns. His father, Todd Dodge, played quarterback for Texas from 1982-85, and Riley has already attended camps at Texas and said he has talked with coaches.


"I grew up a Longhorn fan," said Dodge. "I'm going to their junior day this weekend. Other teams I like right now besides UT and LSU are Oklahoma and Iowa (as far as schools who haven't offered)."


The astute quarterback said he doesn't jut like Texas because of his father; he has studied the offense and likes the system.


"I've been going to Texas camps since I was little," said Dodge. "I watch and pay attention to what they are doing. Since Mack Brown got there they have done a lot more shotgun formation, which is what I run now. That's what fits my game. Plus it is a great location and I have family up there in Austin."


Dodge also said he liked what he saw out of LSU's offense last year.


"They were really able to spread the ball around to so many guys," he said. "That's what I like to do, is distribute the ball. Plus, they just have so many athletes there who can make big plays. I've gotten hand written letters from Les Miles, so hopefully something will happen with that."


Whoever Dodge decides to play for will have him in school an extra semester. He currently holds a 3.2 GPA and said he is graduating early so he can enroll in college.


"Hopefully I will have decided before the season starts," he said. "Or, at least have a good idea of where I want to go. I won't rush anything, but if I have my choice I'll have already made that decision."


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