Riley Dodge: Leader of '08 Class

Winning comes naturally to Southlake Carroll quarterback Riley Dodge. Over the last three years, he has played a big role in maintaining the Dragon's flawless record on the way to three state championships. Dodge knows that with his reputation comes respect and leadership expectations. Is he up to the challenge of leading the 08' class?

"Yes, I feel like I am," Riley Dodge replied when asked if he felt like a leader among the Texas commitments. "That's how I was brought up. Being a quarterback and being from Southlake, you have to be. I feel like I am a people person. I have tried to get to know everybody. I want my team to know that I'm always there for them. I just want to be the leader of the 08' class."

Riley Dodge and Tre Newton have been mainstays at Texas events during the early part of 2007. They both attended a Texas junior day and Texas' annual spring game. This Sunday, the Southlake Carroll duo will make their way back to Austin for summer camp.

"Yes, on Sunday," Dodge said when asked if he would be attending UT's camp. "It's going to be fun. I just want to get a feel about the guys that I'm going to be playing with over the next four years. I really want to show the coaches, even though I'm already committed, that I can be a leader."

"Just being around everybody," Dodge said when asked about what he wanted to accomplish at camp. "Since the spring game, we have all been trying to get to know each other better. I just want to get a good workout in."

"I think we have a really good recruiting class coming in. It's going to be fun seeing everybody in Burnt Orange," Dodge added.

Southlake Carroll has been one of the most dominant high school football teams in the country over the last three seasons. Dodge talked about the pressure that comes with trying to win a fourth straight state title.

"I'm really excited. I have been a part of three state championship teams and haven't lost a game in my high school career. When I think about it, it's kind of surreal," Dodge said. "We just try to take it one game at a time. I think that is why we are so successful. I think that we have all the tools to do it again. We just have to start working hard during the summer in 7-on-7's. I love being put in this situation with all the pressure, and I feel that if we put in the work during the summer, we can do it again."

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