"That is where I've always wanted to play, and after I talked it over with my parents I knew that was the best option for my future." That was the comment from Wagoner, Oklahoma quarterback and safety Malcolm Rodriguez at around 9:30 p.m. tonight as he was less than 24 hours away from playing for another Class 4A state championship with his Wagoner Bulldogs teammates.
"I committed to Oklahoma State and that is where I wanted to be," Rodriguez added.
The 6-0, 200-pound Rodriguez was one of the best kept secrets among top prospects in the state as last season he completed 106 of 163 passes for 2,289 yards with 31 touchdowns and just seven interceptions while running for 616-yards and 11 touchdowns.
This season in leading Wagoner to an unbeaten season and back to the title game, which the Bulldogs will play against Oologah and fellow commit Brock Martin on Friday night at Broken Arrow High School, Rodriguez has thrown for over 3,000 yards and on the defensive side he has close to 100 tackles and four interceptions. Safety is where he projects in college.
We broke our policy of not calling prospects on the night before a game, especially a state championship game, but we kept the call very short. We will follow up.
A state champion wrestler, Rodriguez did tell us that he plans on wrestling again this winter during his senior year. He plans on majoring in some program that will move him in the direction of chiropractic medicine.
In the meantime he's booked up Friday and Friday night to get ready to cap off his high school football career with what he hopes will be the third straight state championship at Wagoner.